BAME pay data

FOI request reference: F0063592
Publication date: November 2020

Request
May you please supply me with the following information:

Number of employees:
• As of 31 March 2019 (end of the 2018/19 financial year) may you please provide the total number of employees working in the department
• May you please provide the total number of black and minority ethnic (BAME) employees within the department as of 31 March 2019
• Only if possible under the constraints of FOI, may you please provide the number of employees in full and part time employment broken down by white and BAME staff

Pay grades:
• As of 31 March 2019 may you please provide the total number of employees working within each of the department’s pay bands: AA/AO, EO, HEO/SEO, Grade 6/7, SCS etc
• May you please highlight how many black and minority ethnic (BAME) employees are working within each of the above pay bands

Mean and median pay:
• May you please provide the mean hourly pay for a full time white British employee within the department (based on data from 31 March 2019)
• The mean hourly pay for a full time BAME employee within the department (based on data from 31 March 2019)
• May you please provide the average annual salary for a full time white British employee within the department (based on data from 31 March 2019)
• May you please provide the average annual salary for a full time BAME employee (based on data from 31 March 2019)
• The median hourly pay for a full time white British employee within the department (based on data from 31 March 2019)
• The median hourly pay for a full time BAME employee pay for a full time white British employee within the department (based on data from 31 March 2019)

Please note:
• MEAN: The mean hourly rate is the average hourly wage across the entire organisation
• MEDIAN: The median hourly rate is calculated by ranking all employees from the highest paid to the lowest paid, and taking the hourly wage of the person in the middle
• BAME: Black and minority ethnic (used to refer to members of non- white communities in the UK)
• By: “As of 31 March 2019” or “from 31 March 2019” – I mean relevant data within the financial year 2018/19. While I appreciate that data from March 2020, would be more up to date, I have asked for data from the 2018/19 financial year, as I understand that the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has suspended the enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20).
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/employers-do-not-have-to-report-gender-pay-gaps
• If possible it would be ideal to have the figures for BAME staff broken into sub categories to differentiate between for example, black british and british indian employees. However, I understand if under the constraints of FOI this is not possible

Outcome
Partially successful, some information not held.

Response
I can confirm that The National Archives holds some information relevant to your request and we are pleased to be able to provide this information to you. The National Archives does not hold information on Mean and Median pay.

Full and part time employment

Full Time Part Time
White 256 44
BAME 50 10

Total employees by band

Number of BAME Employees Total Number of Employees
AA/AO 16 87
EO 13 90
HEO/SEO 25 242
Grade 6/7 6 79
SCS 0 7

We are unable to provide you with some of the information you have requested because it is covered by the exemption at section 21 of the FOI Act, which exempts information if the information if it is already reasonably accessible by other means. For further information about why this exemption has been applied, please see the explanatory annex at the end of this letter.

EXPLANATORY ANNEX
Exemptions applied.
Section 21: Information readily available to the applicant by other means
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) does not oblige a public authority to provide information if it is already reasonably accessible by other means.
In this case the exemption applies because the information is already available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2019

Further guidance can be found at:
https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1203/information-reasonably-accessible-to-the-applicant-by-other-means-sec21.pdf