15% of Ministry of Justice staff report harassment at work

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Dec 12, 2017
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Less than half of complaints at David Lidington’s ministry were followed up by officials


Almost 15 per cent of Ministry of Justice staff claim to have been discriminated against, bullied or harassed at work in the past year, a Whitehall report has revealed.

Some 12 per cent of staff under David Lidington, the justice secretary and lord chancellor, reported that they had personally experienced bullying or harassment in the course of their work for the ministry.

Only 43 per cent of those who claimed to have been bullied or harassed reported the incident to officials. And of those who reported, 43 per cent said that no action had been taken over their complaints.

Equally worrying for the ministry’s managers, in cases where some action had been taken after a complaint, more than 60 per cent said that the issue remained unresolved.

Nearly a quarter of ministry staff told the “people survey” that they wanted to leave the organisation within the next year, while only half said they would remain for the next three years.

Despite discrimination, bullying and harassment being a problem at the ministry, nearly 60 per cent of employees said they were confident that officials were taking effective action to crack down on poor behaviour.

MoJ employees generally seemed satisfied over their remuneration, with about half saying that they were broadly satisfied with their pay.

Some 65 per cent agreed that their pay adequately reflected their performance. About the same percentage said that their pay was “reasonable” compared with those in similar roles at other organisations.

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