We’ve received the data for LGB* people in the Civil Service People Survey, and analysed the results.

After a lengthy delay, CSRA has obtained the LGB* specific results from the 2013 Civil Service People Survey. The headline messages from our analysis are:


  • As a group LGB* people tend to be a few percentage points lower across the board in positive responses. It is also noticeable that those who identify as bisexual or other are considerably less positive than those who identify either as a lesbian/gay woman or as a gay man.

Happiness at work

  • 13% of LGB people want to leave their organisation as soon as possible, versus 8% for heterosexual and 18% for other.
  • LGB people, and those that identify as other, rank lower in all four wellbeing questions compared to heterosexual staff.

How LGB* staff are treated

  • Staff that identify as LGB* are more likely to encounter discrimination than non-LGB* staff. Specifically:
  • When asked about whether they had experienced discrimination at work in the last 12 months, 15% of lesbian or gay staff, 22% of bisexual staff and 23% of those that identify as other said that they had. This compared to 11% amongst heterosexual staff.
  • 29% of LGB who feel they were discriminated against at work felt that this discrimination was because of their sexuality. This was much higher than for heterosexual staff (1%) and those who identify as other (7%).
  • Other main reasons for discrimination included grade, working pattern or disability.

Staff that identify as LGB* are also more likely to have experienced bullying or harassment in the past 12 months compared to heterosexual staff:

  • 16% of LGB people have experience bulling or harassment in the past 12 months versus 10% for heterosexual and 21% for others.
  • Bullying and harassment is worst in the East Midlands (22%), followed by the West Midlands (21%) and South-East England (21%).

Also, it is worth highlighting that bisexual staff feel that they are treated less fairly at work than others – 69% for bisexual staff compared to an LGB average of 78% and a heterosexual average of 79%.

What’s next?

We are working to ensure that we get the 2014 Civil Service People Survey data far quicker than this year! We have raised this with the Cabinet Office and the Civil Service Sexual Orientation Champion, Sue Owen. Once we have this data, we will produce analysis that compares the 2013 and 2014 results.

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