BriefingBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7163.3a (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3a-7163
A survey of 420 of the 425 trusts in England and Wales conducted by the independent organisation Industrial Relations Services Research found that 98% have a general policy statement on equal opportunities in employment, but the organisational priority devoted to improving practice in this area varies considerably. The report paints a picture of lip service to principle. Many trusts achieve high rates of data collection in the recruitment process; almost all (90%) monitor information on the gender and ethnic origin of newly appointed staff, and rather fewer on disability (80%) A similarly high proportion have policies on recruitment, selection, parental leave, and job-sharing. But only one quarter of trusts attach a high priority to action on the issue, and only a tiny minority (2%) have a specialist assigned to monitor progress on the issue.