Diversity and equalities

We strive to be a fair and inclusive employer that is representative of the communities we serve.

Diversity and equalities policy

The Council supports a number of independent staff groups which are open for employees to join. These groups are run by employees for employees from particular groups. They hold regular networking meetings for staff as well as running social and training events.

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.

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.

Two Ticks disability award scheme

We are committed to employing disabled people and have been awarded the Two Ticks Disability Symbol by Jobcentre Plus. Under this scheme we are taking action on five commitments to support the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.

These commitments are:

  • To guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, provided their application meets the minimum (essential) requirements of the role.
  • To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities.
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
  • To each year review the five commitments and what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.

To apply under this scheme please make sure you complete the question in the equal opportunities monitoring section of the application form which asks whether you have a disability. Any additional information about the nature of your disability which you choose to provide at this stage will be held in confidence, and not shared with the selection panel.

Should you be successful at short-listing stage and invited to attend an interview or other selection event, you will have an opportunity to explain any special requirements which you may have. These can then be assessed in relation to the particular nature of the selection event and/or venue, and we will endeavour to make any adjustments we can in order to accommodate your requirements.

Our online application form is fully compliant with the accessibility standards we ask our vendors to comply with. However, for anyone who has a disability which means they are unable to apply online, but would be able to make an application using a different format, we will do whatever we can to help.

We are covered by the Equality Act in the same way as other employers. The actions that we’re taking as part of the Two Ticks scheme are in addition to our legal obligations and are part of our aim to promote equality for disabled people in the Borough.

Investors In People (IIP)

Investors In People is a national framework for improving staff performance and overall competitiveness, and sets a level of good practice for training and development of staff to achieve the goals of the organisation.

London Borough of Richmond was assessed for Investors In People and given accreditation in July 2004.

Investor in people

Updated: 22 December 2015