As an employer and provider of services, we actively promote diversity and equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential.
No employee, job applicant, customer or recipient of services will receive less favourable treatment than any other on any grounds including the following:
- ethnic or national origins
- offending background
- marital status
- responsibility for dependents
- employment status, address, trade union activity or political affiliation
- be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable
Statutory and social obligations
We recognise our statutory and social obligations in furtherance of the disabled "double tick" award under the Government's Disability Symbol Scheme. The Equality Act 2010 defines disability 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". We undertake to interview applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria for a job vacancy and give every assistance when required, for example, signer, wheelchair access.
The Equality Act 2010 outlines the following nine protected characteristics under the Act:
- gender re-assignment
- religion and belief
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- sexual orientation
Our recruitment process gives applicants the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities regardless of their protected characteristic. The principles of equality of opportunity are applied consistently in all stages of the recruitment and selection process.
Interviews will focus on the person specification, not on any disability which an applicant may have. Interviewing panels will consider they way in which adjustments would allow a person with a disability to be given equality of opportunity when assessed against the selection criteria.
If you require any further information on equality in employment please refer to our Equal Opportunities Strategy (30Kb).
Facility time reporting
Facility time generates benefits for employees, managers and the wider community from effective joint working between union representatives and employers. In accordance with the Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017, download details of our Facility Time arrangements (147Kb).