Diversity and equalities

We strive to be a fair and inclusive employer that is representative of the communities we serve. We are proud of the diversity among our employees who bring their different perspectives together in a shared commitment to delivering high quality services.

Headline statistics for our workforce composition in 2010 include:

  • 16.6% of staff are black or from an ethnic minority.
  • 4.7% of staff are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
  • 7.2% of staff have a disability.
  • 52.2% of our senior managers are women.
  • 21.5% of staff are aged between 16 and 30.
  • 33.6% are aged 50 or older.

As part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer the Council supports a number of independent staff groups which are open to employees to join. These groups are run by employees for employees from particular groups. The groups hold regular networking meetings for staff as well as running social and training events.

We also recognise that many individuals need to achieve a better work-life balance and many employees are able to work flexibly to accommodate their needs outside of work.

For positions in the Borough’s schools we particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority applicants as well as people with disabilities who are currently under-represented in this workforce.

Regardless of an individual’s background or characteristics, all applications for employment at Richmond are assessed on the basis of your ability to successfully perform the job. If you apply for employment with us we will ask you for information about your race, gender, disability, age, faith, and sexual orientation. This information is used to monitor our recruitment process to ensure that this is fair to all. The information is held confidentially by Human Resources and is not available to the recruiting manager during, or after, the recruitment process.

Updated: 3 November 2010