More to be done for ethnic minority personnel
Dutch interior minister says employees with ethnic minority backgrounds are leaving government posts due to low glass ceiling.11 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst says central government needs to do more to hold on to employees from ethnic minorities.
On Tuesday, the minister presented the findings of a study on diversity policy to parliament. It concludes that people from ethnic minority backgrounds are leaving government posts in large numbers, partly due to a lack of career prospects.
The study shows that the government has made progress over the years, and taken on a higher number of employees from ethnic minority backgrounds since the mid-1980s.
The problem is that they quickly move on. According to the report, "the glass ceiling for employees with an ethnic minority background is low and the outflow is high." People from ethnic minorities are particularly under-represented at higher levels of government.
Ter Horst says she attaches great importance to diversity in the workforce, and wants to see 50 managers from ethnic minority backgrounds appointed within the term of the present government.
The target for the proportion of ethnic minority personnel in the public sector is a 50 percent increase on 2007 figures by 2011.
The minister concludes that the government needs to focus more strongly on retaining these employees and improving their promotion prospects. Extra attention is required for recruiting personnel at management level.
Currently, the emphasis lies too much on attracting starters with an ethnic minority background.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]