All departments and agencies are committed to support their gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual employees.
At present the Civil Service does not monitor service-wide the sexual orientation of our employees. However, the Welsh Assembly is assisting the Cabinet Office with a project to survey the sexual orientation of civil servants in a number of departments and agencies.
Last updated - 9th December 2008
Following this pilot, and further discussion with departments, a recommendation will be made on how we should be monitoring sexual orientation across the Civil Service. Monitoring lets us assess whether groups of people are being treated equally in areas such as recruitment or promotion. All information is stored confidentially and can help in assessing and tackling any inequality.
Even without monitoring, a number of departments and agencies have programmes of action, networks, champions, conferences and training interventions in place to support employees.
Furthermore, an increasing number of departments and agencies are members of Stonewall - an organisation promoting equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
Here are two examples of what individual departments have been doing to promote equality for employees of all sexual orientation:
The Inland Revenue (now part of HM Revenue and Customs) has:
HM Land Registry has addressed sexuality issues by:
Guidance for managers and employees on sexuality issues, including useful links.