English councils have seen an increase in the number of minority ethnic staff members in high earning positions for the first time since 2003.
According to the 2005-06 Best Value Performance Indicators as compiled by the Audit Commission, the average number of minority ethnic workers in the top five per cent earning group has risen from 2.6 per cent to 3.3 per cent.
This is indicative of positive movements towards inclusion and diversity among high profile council jobs in England.
London has almost 22 per cent minority ethic council staff in the highest paying jobs, compared to 1.7 per cent in county councils. However, 167 local authorities do not employ any minority ethnic individuals in their top earning category.
That said, this figure is notably lower than the 189 recorded a year before. Figures also show that the percentage of women in top earning council jobs has increased.
In related news the UK saw an increase in social workers in 2006, with more than 55,000 social workers employed by local authorities, according to Community Care.