Volume 13, Number 8 December 2, 2005

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EE numbers short of goal

Since it was put in place in 1992, the University’s Employment Equity Plan has served to raise awareness of the issue of under-representation of certain groups in the workforce and to improve the recruiting process, but new figures show the U of S has still got a ways to go to meet the plan’s goals.

In a report to the Board of Governors Nov. 9, Barb Daigle, associate vice-president of human resources, provided demographic figures on permanent and term staff that show the proportion of women in the University’s workforce in 2005 exceeds that of the provincial workforce by four percentage points. And visible minorities represent eight per cent of the campus workforce, which is 2.2 percentage points higher than the provincial number.

For persons with disabilities and Aboriginal people, the U of S numbers are still low. The Saskatchewan workforce this year includes 11 per cent persons with disabilities and 13.5 per cent Aboriginal people. Based on a demographic survey, the self-identified people that make up the corresponding numbers at the U of S are 1.8 per cent and two per cent.

At the level of senior administration at the University, 29.5 per cent are women compared to 46 per cent provincially. For visible minorities, the numbers are 1.6 per cent at the University and 5.8 per cent in the Saskatchewan workforce. The University has no senior administrators who are disabled or Aboriginal yet the provincial numbers are 11 per cent and 13.5 per cent respectively. Daigle pointed out the U of S numbers reflect people who self-declared for the purpose of equity tracking.

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