The 2008 Monitoring Report from the Equality Commission makes interesting reasding, especially in relation to the employment pattern in the Equality Commission itself.
The report revels that the Equality Commission has 141 employees of whom 48 are Protestants (34.8%) and 90 are Roman Catholics (65.2%). Once again there is a substantial under-representation of Protestants in the workforce of the Equality Commission.
Moreover, during the year they appointed 19 new members of staff, of whom 6 were Protestants (35.3%) and 11 were Roman Catholics (64.7%). The under-representation of Protestants in the workforce was therefore reflected in the under-representation of Protestants in new appointments.
This is a situation which has prevailed for many years. The Equality Commission was established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and ever since it was formed there has been an under-representation of Protestants and an over-representation of Roman Catholics. The two questions I would ask are (1) why has this happened, and (2) what has the Equality Commission done about it?