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Diversity data: speech and language therapists - November 2023

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) information held by the HCPC with regards to the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010

This factsheet provides key EDI information for speech and language therapists and how the demographics of this group compare to the demographics of HCPC registrants overall.

Demography: 
For age and sex: all current registrants. 

For other protected characteristics: all current registrants who have submitted EDI data via the EDI portal or survey:

  • 100% of speech and language therapists
  • 87% of all professions combined

Period:
As at 3 November 2023.

Diversity data factsheet: speech and language therapists

  • Question asked:
    "What was your date of birth"

    Note:
    This was used to calculate current age at the point of production of this factsheet.

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Age Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 45 0%
    Recorded 18,665 100% 335,350 100%
             
    20-29 3,400 18% 58,035 17%
    30-39 6,370 34% 102,465 31%
    40-49 4,665 25% 85,825 26%
    50-59 3,155 17% 61,655 18%
    60-69 1,005 5% 24,200 7%
    70+ 70 0% 3,170 1%
      18,665 100% 335,350 100%

    edifactsheet_age_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Do you consider yourself to have a disability or to be a disabled person?"

    Accompanying note in portal:
    In the UK, a disability is defined as "a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term* adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities" You may have none, one, or more conditions that you believe are covered by this definition. Please answer how you feel this definiton applies to you. (*long-term means that the impact has lasted, or is expected to last, for 12 months or more)

    Note:
    HCPC does collect further data on long term conditions, however the protected characteristic is disabilty status rather than disabling condition.

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Disability Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 25 0%
    Recorded 18,610 100% 289,855 100%
             
    No 16,780 90% 263,815 91%
    Yes 1,145 6% 15,550 5%
    Prefer not to say 685 4% 10,490 4%
      18,610 100% 289,855 100%

    edifactsheet_disability_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Which of the following best describes your ethnic origin? Ethnicity is defined as including colour, ethnic or national origin, or nationality. Please choose whichever answer best reflects how you think of yourself."

    Portal category options:
    - White
    - Asian or Asian British
    - Black, African, Caribbean or Black British
    - Mixed or multiple ethnic groups
    - Other ethnic group
    - Prefer not to say

    Note:
    The categories presented here are the high level categories collected by HCPC. Respondents are also asked for a lower level category (18 options) based on their high level response. 

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Ethnicity Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 0 0%
    Recorded 18,605 100% 289,880 100%
             
    White 16,185 87% 221,860 77%
    Asian 1,020 5% 31,975 11%
    Black 270 1% 15,015 5%
    Mixed 380 2% 5,905 2%
    Other 210 1% 3,950 1%
    Prefer not to say 540 3% 11,175 4%
      18,605 100% 289,880 100%

    edifactsheet_ethnicity_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth?"

    Accompanying note in portal:
    Your gender identity may be the same as your assigned sex, but it may be different. You may identify as the opposite gender to your assigned sex, you may identify with neither, or with a self-described gender identity.

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Gender Reassignment Count % Count %
    Not recorded 10 0% 210 0%
    Recorded 18,600 100% 289,670 100%
             
    Yes 18,005 97% 279,705 97%
    No 25 0% 675 0%
    Prefer to self-describe 25 0% 290 0%
    Prefer not to say 545 3% 9,000 3%
      18,600 100% 289,670 100%

    edifactsheet_genderreassignment_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "What is your legal marital or registered civil partnership status?"

    Portal category options:
    - Married
    - Never married and never registered in a civil partnership
    - Divorced
    - In a registered civil partnership
    - Separated but still legally married
    - Widowed
    - Formerly in a civil partnership which is now legally dissolved
    - Separated but still legally in civil partnership
    - Surviving partner from a registered civil partnership
    - Prefer not to say

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Marriage and Civil Partnership Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 25 0%
    Recorded 18,600 100% 289,845 100%
             
    Married (M)  9,685 52% 140,140 48%
    Never married or CP 6,530 35% 102,620 35%
    Separated & div. (M) 710 4% 15,495 5%
    In Civil Partnership (CP) 85 0% 1,850 1%
    Separated, not div. (M) 220 1% 3,975 1%
    Widowed (M)  100 1% 1,905 1%
    Separated & dis. (CP) 10 0% 190 0%
    Separated not dis. (CP) 5 0% 120 0%
    Widowed (CP)  0 0% 40 0%
    Prefer not to say 1,255 7% 23,510 8%
      18,600 100% 289,845 100%

    edifactsheet_marriage_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Do you consider your self to fall under the protected characteristic of 'pregnacy & maternity', as per the Equality Act 2010? 'Pregnancy' refers to the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby, and 'maternity' refers to the period of 26 weeks after birth. The Equality Act 2010 protections also cover a someone who has had a miscarriage."

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Pregnancy and Maternity Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 100 0%
    Recorded 18,605 100% 289,775 100%
             
    No 16,525 89% 258,355 89%
    Yes 1,225 7% 14,525 5%
    Prefer not to say 855 5% 16,895 6%
      18,605 100% 289,775 100%

    edifactsheet_pregnancy_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "What is your religion or strongly held belief, if any?"

    Portal category options:
    - No religion or strongly held belief
    - Christian (Including Church of England, Catholic, Protestant and all other Christian denominations.)
    - Muslim
    - Hindu
    - Spiritual
    - Buddhist
    - Any other religion or belief
    - Jewish
    - Sikh
    - Prefer not to say

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Religion or Belief Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 15 0%
    Recorded 18,605 100% 289,870 100%
             
    No religion 8,705 47% 121,170 42%
    Christian 6,880 37% 111,270 38%
    Muslim 520 3% 12,815 4%
    Hindu 205 1% 8,045 3%
    Spiritual 350 2% 5,645 2%
    Buddhist 90 0% 2,120 1%
    Other 95 1% 1,910 1%
    Jewish 280 2% 1,735 1%
    Sikh 60 0% 1,430 0%
    Prefer not to say 1,420 8% 23,730 8%
      18,605 100% 289,870 100%

    edifactsheet_religion_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "What is your Sex?"

    Accompanying note in portal: 
    This is the sex you were assigned at birth and we asked you to provide this information when you registered with the HCPC. For births registered in the UK, this will either be male or female. However, some other countries may include 'intersex' as an option. We also ask if your gender identity is different from the sex you were assigned at birth. Your gender identity may be the same as your assigned sex, but it may be different. You may identify as the opposite gender to your assigned sex, you may identify with neither, or with a self-described gender identity.

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Sex Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 55 0%
    Recorded 18,665 100% 335,335 100%
             
    Female 17,655 95% 239,905 72%
    Male 585 3% 87,395 26%
    Intersex 0 0% 40 0%
    Prefer not to say 425 2% 7,995 2%
      18,665 100% 335,335 100%

    edifactsheet_sex_SLT_20231113web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?"

    Portal category options:
    - Heterosexual/straight
    - Bisexual
    - Gay woman/lesbian
    - Gay man
    - Pansexual
    - Queer
    - Asexual
    - Prefer to self-describe
    - Prefer not to say

     
    Speech and Language Therapists
    All professions
    Sexual Orientation Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 15 0%
    Recorded 18,605 100% 289,855 100%
             
    Heterosexual 16,015 86% 251,565 87%
    Bisexual 485 3% 5,570 2%
    Lesbian 185 1% 4,020 1%
    Gay man 120 1% 3,575 1%
    Pansexual 90 0% 895 0%
    Queer 90 0% 790 0%
    Asexual 25 0% 280 0%
    Prefer to self-describe 10 0% 215 0%
    Prefer not to say 1,585 9% 22,945 8%
      18,605 100% 289,855 100%

    edifactsheet_sexualorientation_SLT_20231113web.jpg

Help and guidance

Protected characteristics: The nine protected charateristics of the Equality Act 2010: Age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

Registrants: An active registrant on the HCPC register at the time of the analysis.

Respondents: Registrants who provided other protected characteristic EDI data via the portal or survey.

Count: Number of registrants (age & sex) or respondents (other protected characteristics).

Not recorded: Total number of registrants/respondents for whom this information is not held. For respondents these are due to data collection system errors and only includes those who have attempted to give this information.

Recorded: Total number of registrants/respondents for whom this information is held.

All professions

Age & Sex:  All active registrants on the HCPC register, regardless of profession. 

Other protected characterictics:  All respondents of EDI regardless of profession.

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Supply of EDI data is voluntary and therefore is not complete for all registrants. As such the tables do not represent the entire register. Consideration of the coverage as detailed in the Demography section is important when using or generalising the findings.
 
Most registrants complete or update their EDI data at renewal, so it may be up to two years old.
 
All questions have a "prefer not to say" option which are included in the tables as it is a valid response and hence indicates that the question has been asked.
 
A small number of records were been affected by now resolved issues with the data collection systems that allowed no reponse to be recorded for certain questions. These are shown as 'Not recorded' in the tables.
 
Rounding has been used to control the risk of disclosure of personal information. Counts have been rounded to the nearest five. Therefore a count of 0 in a table represents either 0, 1 or 2 registrants with that characteristic. 

Cyhoeddwyd:
13/11/2023
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Tudalen wedi'i diweddaru ymlaen: 09/11/2023
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