FOI request detail

Finance Business Partner

Request ID: FOI-2358-1920
Date published: 08 November 2019

You asked

Follow-on from FOI-2094-1920: Please provide the gender breakdown for the following information: 1. How many applications were received for these roles split by London and other location ( I think one role was outside London), permanent TfL employees, TfL employees on fixed term contracts, agency workers working for TfL and external candidates 2. How many applicants were shortlisted for interviews providing the same split as above, 3. How many applicants were offered a role providing the same split as above.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-2358-1920

Thank you for your request received on 5 November 2019 asking for further information about the Finance Business Partner (FBP) role.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we hold some of the information you require.

As stated in my previous response, we do not hold complete information on the declared gender of candidates as some do not provide a gender or choose ‘Prefer not to Say’ on their application.

We are able to provide the information in the tables below:

Total applications in London     
  Number of female applicants Number of male applicants Number of "Gender not known" applicants
External -       total  3     
Internal  -       total 31 33.3% 66.7% 
NPL -             total  4     

Total applications in Coventry     
  Number of female applicants Number of male applicants Number of "Gender not known" applicants
External -       total 119 30.6% 69.4% 
Internal  -        total     3     
NPL -             total     1     

Once again, please note in the above analysis the % is calculated from the declared population, those who declare ‘Prefer not to Say’ or do not declare are excluded from the percentage calculation. For example, if 200 people apply for a job, and of those 100 have declared their gender, of which 40 have declared as female, the % of applicants who are a gender minority is given as 40%. The figures provided above may not give an accurate reflection as we do not know what the figures would be had all applicants declared their gender.

In addition, please note that in accordance with our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the candidate’s name and gender, as well as information on positions where there are ten or fewer people in these posts has been withheld as required by section 40(2) of the FOI Act as personal data of these persons could be identified. Disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the DPA, specifically the first principle of the DPA which requires all processing of personal data to be fair and lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal information when the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not satisfied one of the conditions of Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act which would make the processing ‘fair’.

This exemption to the right of access to information is an absolute exemption and not subject to an assessment of whether the public interest favours use of the exemption.
If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

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