Equalities and the gender pay gap

How we are responding to the equalities act, including our workforce profile and gender pay gap information.

Our duties under the Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a number of duties on the public sector.

Within this, are specific duties covering the following protected characteristics: age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity.

Our two specific duties are:

There is also a general duty requiring all public bodies to take account of the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct the act prohibits

  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Gender pay gap

Under The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017, we are required to publish statutory gender pay gap calculations every year.

Please visit GOV.UK - Gender pay gap service website for our figures.

You can also find more details in our  pdf icon Gender pay gap report 2018 [56kb].

Equality impact assessments

We publish our equality impact assessments to show how we have considered the local community where changes are anticipated that may have a potential impact on service users.

pdf icon Full Equality Impact Assessment - Customer Services [281kb]
pdf icon Initial Equality Impact Assessment - Customer Services Unit [101kb]

Apprenticeships

The government has set a target for all public sector employers in England with at least 250 employees, to employ 2.3% of their staff headcount as new apprentice starts between 1 April 2017 and March 2021.

Below is the summary of the information we have sent to the Department of Education for 2017/18 to measure our progress to meet this apprenticeship target.

 
InformationNumber
Number of employees on 31 March 2017299
Number of employees on 31 March 2018286
Number of new employees who started work between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 201831
Number of apprentices on 31 March 20171
Number of apprentices on 31 March 20183
Number of new apprentices between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship)2
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 20186.45%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 20181.05%
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 20170.67%
 
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