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JUST 39 per cent of Ceredigion County Council staff consider themselves Welsh when asked, new data has revealed.

The Cambrian News reported “The council has started to collect current staff equality data on “protected characteristics” such as age, gender, race and religion, as part of an equality strategy.

Of the 588 staff (around 30 per cent) that have filled out the questionnaire to date, more consider themselves British than Welsh, the figures reveal.

A significant majority of staff, 97.54 per cent, declared themselves as having a UK nationality – 55.68 per cent declare British; 39.3 per cent Welsh and 2.56 per cent English.

The number of staff identifying as British is a significantly higher average than that of Ceredigion as a whole, with just 19 per cent identifying as such in the 2011 census.

The data does show that over 61.8 per cent of employees have some spoken skills in Welsh.

The next largest group is Polish at 0.61 per cent, with other nationalities represented in council staff including Irish, Australian, North Korean, Philippino, South African, Thai and Russian.

The equality data for the 588 staff who completed the survey show that just 1.1 per cent of staff are from an ethnic background, with 2.4 per cent identifying as gay or bisexual.

Transgender staff account for 0.33 per cent of those who filled in the questionnaire.

Ceredigion council’s Strategic Equality Plan said the authority “is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity in all its roles as community leader, service provider and employer”.

The report only includes centrally employed staff of Ceredigion County Council and does not include teachers and support staff” here.

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