London’s Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over the low levels of female employees working within Transport for London.
Transport commissioner Mike Brown, who heads TfL, has previously committed the agency to boosting the number of woman and minority staff members in a bid to ensure it better reflects London’s diversity.
In addition, Mayor Sadiq Khan and his transport deputy Val Shawcross, last year revamped its non-executive board to make it more representative.
However figures published this week by the agency show that just 25% of its staff is female, with women making up only 17% of the operational workforce – which includes Tube drivers, platform and station staff and ticket inspectors.
Women also account for just a third of non-operational staff, and only around a quarter of non-Senior (24%) and senior (27%) manager levels.
Despite the commitments to boost diversity, last year the percentage of female applicants to TfL’s graduate scheme fell from 31% to just 24%. The fall stands in contrast to a rise in the number of BAME recruits which grew from 41% to 53%.
Commenting on the numbers, Caroline Pidgeon, who represents the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly, said: ”TfL is a large employer and the need to recruit from the widest range of talent has never been more important.
“I find it concerning that there are still such low levels of women working within so many parts of TfL.”