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Council rejects Catholic job bias claim

Thursday, 5 October 2017

MID and East Borough Council has "completely" rejected an allegation that recruitment to its most senior positions since its formation three years ago has favoured Catholic applicants.
The allegation was made by TUV leader, Jim Allister, following his receipt of data on the number of applicants and appointees from the respective Protestant and Roman Catholic community backgrounds.
The North Antrim MLA said he sought the information "having become aware of unease about some recruitment outcomes for senior posts in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council."
He aded: "The results in respect of the most senior appointments made over the last three years show a disturbing imbalance in favour of Catholic applicants.
“The 2011 census indicates 73% of the Borough population are of Protestant community background and 19% of Catholic background (as referenced page 18 of Council's January 2017 draft community plan).
“Thus, there should be a reasonable expectation that Council recruitment would bear some relationship to the area it serves. Sadly, under the new council this is not so at senior level.
“The Council's own figures show that in the three years 2015, 2016 and 2017, when it came to appointment of Managers and Senior Officials, 15 of new appointees were from a Protestant background, 13 from a Catholic background and 2 from a non determined background.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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