Non ministerial departments

It seems it’s too much to ask government departments to get it right.

There are 20 non-ministerial departments. At the time of writing (October 2020), 18 of them were advertising vacancies.

Many use the same recruitment system, but several are different.

All of them ask for the ‘gender’ of the applicant; not one asks for their sex.

Some use the terms female and male, even though those the are the correct terms for sex, but others use man and women, presumably because someone thought those were gender terms and even though they are defined in the Equality Act 2010 in relation to the protected characteristic of sex.

Almost all allow the applicant to ‘self-describe’ their ‘gender’.

None mention the Equality Act 2010 to explain why they are gathering this information. None of them list the protected characteristics or inform the applicant of their rights under the Equality Act.

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The following departments were not advertising job vacancies at the time of compilation (October 2020):

Supreme Court of the United Kingdom 

The Charity Commission 


Competition and Markets Authority 


Crown Prosecution Service


Food Standards Agency  


Forestry Commission 


Government Actuary's Department

HM Land Registry 


HM Revenue & Customs 


The National Archives 


National Crime Agency 


Office of Rail and Road 








Serious Fraud Office


UK Statistics Authority


The Water Services Regulation Authority