26 July 2000
MAFF seeks minority applicants
THE ministry of agriculture is seeking to attract more job applications from ethnic minority candidates.
Officials have been taking their message to the Diversity UK civil servant careers fair in London which is expected to attract more than 2000 graduates.
This is part of a MAFF programme to help achieve greater diversity in its workforce.
Permanent secretary Brian Bender said: We want a diverse staff which better reflects the communities we serve.
In order to do this we need to be pro-active in attracting candidates from ethnic minorities and hope this will play an important part in this effort.
In the past MAFF has been criticised for being secretive and more concerned with producers than consumers.
The appointment of high-flying Blairite Mr Bender led observers to speculate that MAFF has been given a higher place at the ministerial table.
Diversity UK, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, ends today.