Growing up in India, a career in the public sector was seen as one of the most prestigious careers one could take, says Ajay Chowdhury – non-executive director for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.
“Being part of the public sector is an absolute privilege, but unfortunately that word privilege still rings true for too many of the wrong reasons. Research conducted by Elevation Networks found that an overwhelming 96.5% of the public sector’s senior leaders are white”. (Diversity in the Public Sector Report)
Mr Chowdhury said that the problem is not simply down to attracting people from BAME backgrounds; attracting and promoting diverse talent to senior positions is a problem – for everyone.
“Parents and teachers should encourage young people to seek out jobs in the public sector that they can be proud of. It is essential that people don’t discount themselves for any role at any level because they are from a BAME background”.