Careers Service

Equality and Diversity in Employment

The Equality Act 2010 protects jobseekers and employees from discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We understand that these characteristics may still cause you some concern when career planning and job seeking, as could the issues around your social background or previous exam results. In this section you will find information and advice on common equality and diversity issues you may face, sources of support and employers looking to recruit a diverse workforce.

Explore the issues in more detail

Finding positive employers

There is an increasing awareness around the issue of equality and diversity amongst employers with many seeing the advantages of recruiting a diverse workforce. Some employers believe that having a larger range of skills and experiences to draw on can increase productivity, facilitate innovation and ultimately benefit the organisation as a whole. There are a number of ways you can find out who these employers are.

  • Use the organisation's website to look at their equal opportunities policy and for any employee support networks that may exist.
  • Some employers run insight events or work experience schemes aimed at under-represented groups in the profession.
  • Relevant professional bodies may also run initiatives attempting to make access fairer across the sectors they represent.
  • Many employers use the the disability confident or positive about disability symbols to show their support for recruiting disabled staff. This initiative means that as a disabled applicant if you meet the criteria you are guaranteed an interview.
  • Employers may also have their own Diversity Champions such as LGBT campaign group Stonewall.

Monitoring Forms

With an increasing awareness around the issue of equality many employers are choosing to monitor the diversity of their workforce. One way they can do this is through an equal opportunities monitoring form. When applying for a job you may be asked to fill out one of these monitoring forms asking you about personal information such as your ethnicity, gender, faith and/ or sexuality.

It is important to note that this form is separate to the rest of your application. It's not seen by those directly involved in the recruitment process and will not have an impact on the rest of your application. Information you provide will only be used once recruitment has finished, and only to see who has applied to certain jobs and how diverse the applicant pool was. Data can then be used to make appropriate changes to the recruirment process to try to ensure more applications from underrepresented groups are received in the future.