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What would you change about your job?

Removal of unfair, discriminatory and bullying behaviour that in times of cut backs seem to have become acceptable (male)

I love my job and the people I work with - I do find the increased workload and pressure on finances stressful (female)

I am happy in my job, I just would like to keep my job and not have to keep reapplying every few years to justify my existence (female)

Decisions to be made faster. Money spent on better technology (female)

Freedom to innovate, less time spent on corporate compliance processes more on listening to and changing what frustrates residents, the tedium of office politics and finally senior officer alliances preventing challenge (female)

Equal opportunities

It is harder for women to reach the top but they are paid the same when they get there (male)

Access is the same. Most employees within my professional area who are receiving professional training are female. However, it will take a few more years for there to be gender balance at all levels as the next generation work their way upwards (male)

In my experience there are systemic levels of nepotism and favouritism in recruitment and training/development. This has got noticeably worse recently (male)

There is [equality] in my department but I have heard horror stories in some antiquated parts of the council (female)

There is a bias towards women receiving better promotion opportunities (male)

It would be almost impossible to eliminate every single act of discrimination (male chief executive)

I’ve seen assumptions and ignorance play a part in workplace discrimination (male)

Gender discrimination

I’m not sure it is even conscious; it is more endemic (female)

Misogynistic comments by senior male officers unchallenged by the top team (female)

[I encounter gender discrimination] on a regular basis to the point where it is a standing joke (male)

Yes [there is discrimination] but not significantly in recent years. Things have improved considerably (male)

[I have experienced] everything from gratuitously ribald jokes in the council chamber to calling me and other women in the workplace “girls” (female)

Councillors are still predominately male and the decision-making reflects this (female)

I think it takes place unwittingly - expectation to be present for all meetings when it clashes with childcare arrangements, lack of job flexibility at senior level, danger of being excluded from restructuring conversations whilst on maternity leave, etc (female)

Is local government a parent-friendly career?

I am about to become a parent and this is something I am anxious about (female)

I feel that women do seem to get much more lenient and flexible treatment (male)

Flexible working policies etc are parent-friendly; however I think the current climate and raising expectations are making it harder to say “yes” (female)

Things are definitely weighted in favour of parents (male)

It is entirely dependent upon immediate line manager and their manager. Inconsistent across a directorate, never mind a whole local authority (male)

Evening overtime is just assumed - no matter if it’s kids’ parents evening or not. There is a culture of presenteeism - when working from home would be more than adequate, saving travel time, and a competitive “I did more work at the weekend than you” culture (female)

In some ways yes, such as childcare vouchers, it other ways not at all, such as not being allowed to progress above deputy manager level if you need to work flexibly for child care (I was a senior manager and got demoted when I had a baby, my co-deputy manager is in her post for exactly the same reason) (female)

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