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Diverse Workforce

Equality and Diversity

We are a dynamic, forward-looking authority. We know our success is built on our people and are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for everyone who works for us.

Diversity is good for the Council: employing people from different backgrounds and with a range of different experiences, helps us to serve our customers better. We welcome applications from people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation.

Disability

We endeavour to ensure our recruitment process is fair for everyone. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the process please do let us know. We make adjustments on an individual basis to help individuals do their best.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make:

If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments

If you use sign language we will make an interpreter available for your interview

If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can ensure your interview takes place in an accessible room

If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.

If you need a different way to apply and demonstrate your skills and abilities, we would consider alternatives such as shortened application form and/or a work based interview.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and offer guaranteed interviews to disabled candidates who meet our basic criteria for the job. If you would prefer not to apply online, more information about alternative methods of application is available on the General Information section of this website.

The Council is proud to be recognised as a Positive about Disabled People employer.

Staff Equalities Groups at South Gloucestershire Council 

The following staff equalities groups are in place at the Council and are open to staff members to attend: 

• BME Staff Network
• Disabled Employees Group
• LGBTQ+ Staff Network
• Women’s Staff Network
• Over-arching Staff Equalities Network 

Each group carries out a range of activities from providing policy input to the council on how to make South Gloucestershire a better place to live and work, to providing peer support for employees where confidential issues can be discussed in relation to experiences or difficulties which originate from or impact upon the workplace. 

The groups have the full support of Chief Officers Management Team (COMT) and the Council and attendance at meetings will be supported. 

To find out more please view the purpose statement of any of the group(s) you might be interested in joining by clicking on the link attached to the vacancies.

BME Staff Network

The BME Staff Network is an active group meeting bi-monthly, usually at The Park Centre in Kingswood. The group has a range of activities in which it is involved which seek to address and positively impact upon a wide range of issues relating to Race Equality. 

Disabled Employees Group

The Disabled Employees Group (DEG) is the ideal place to meet other disabled employees, share experiences and benefit from valuable support whenever you need it. It gives you, as part of a consultative group, the chance to influence positive changes in attitude, policies and working environments and actively promote fair treatment for all. 
Any Council employee who considers themselves to have a disability is welcome. We have members from all departments with a range of disabilities, including mobility, hearing and visual impairments, mental health problems and dyslexia. 
The DEG meets every two months, usually at the Park Centre in Kingswood. The Council will give you time off to attend and pay your travel expenses. 

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

The LGBTQ+ Staff Network is an active group meeting bi-monthly. Meetings take place at Badminton Road Offices or The Park Centre in Kingswood. The group has a range of activities in which it is involved which seek to address and positively impact upon a wide range of issues relating to LGBTQ+ Equality. 

Women’s Staff Network 

The Women’s Staff Network is an active group meeting bi-monthly. Meetings take place at the Badminton Road Offices. The group has a range of activities in which it is involved which seek to address and positively impact upon a wide range of issues relating to equality for women. 

Overarching Staff Equalities Network 

The Over-arching Staff Equalities Network provides an opportunity for: 

1. Any staff member who is involved in any of the Staff Equality Groups, and 2. Any member of staff who has an interest in equalities but who does not attend a specific Staff Equality Group: 

• to learn about the work of the individual Staff Equality Groups • to identify any areas where joint working between Staff Equality Groups may be valuable; • to learn about the work the council is doing to progress equality of opportunity; • to put forward ideas and feedback in relation to any issues/areas for development; • to network and share ideas for future implementation at the Council.

 


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