Equal opportunities

Equal opportunities information

We have a commitment to equal opportunities and to the implementation and maintenance of employment practices which will ensure that no potential or current employee is treated less favourably on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability or age nor is disadvantaged by the application of a rule, condition or requirement, which has a discriminatory effect which cannot be justified either in job-related terms, or as a requirement of law.

Selection criteria and procedures ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and treated on the basis of their relevant abilities and merits.

Applications will be encouraged from disabled people who have the necessary abilities for the post. Wherever possible, the Authority will retain the services of an employee who is, or becomes disabled and, where necessary, provide retraining and redeployment. Disabled employees will be given equal opportunities with other employees for training and career development and promotion.

Job descriptions and associated conditions will relate to the particular job. They will define the qualifications, experience and other skills required in the post, and will only include those factors which are necessary and justifiable on objective criteria for the satisfactory performance of the job.

Recruitment literature will be consistent with the job description, and aimed at as wide a group of suitable qualified and experienced people as possible, and encouraging applications from under-represented groups.

Recruitment advertisements will be drafted to avoid any form of discrimination.

Employees will not be discriminated against in respect of pay and conditions of service. This applied equally to any benefits, facilities or services which are provided by the authority’s staff.

Training opportunities will be equally available to all employees, whether male or female, or whether weekly or monthly paid and irrespective of ethnic origin. Employees will be consulted regularly about their training needs.

Employees will receive training to help them to perform their job effectively. Training, education and vocational courses leading to qualifications relevant to their career will be open to all, in order to assist them to achieve their full potential.

The Council will not permit sexual or other forms of harassment of its employees. It will investigate complaints of harassment in accordance with its policy.