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Equalities Officer Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Equalities Officer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Equalities Officer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Equalities Officer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Equalities officers promote positive practices and attitudes towards particular groups such as ethnic minorities, disabled people and women, especially relating to education, employment, housing and access to services. Job titles vary, examples include equality advisor, equality and diversity officer, and equal opportunities officer.

Some organisations may employ officers to promote opportunities for one particular group. For example police forces may employ race relations officers.

The work involves promoting change within organisations or the wider community by advising on the discriminatory effects of policies and practices, helping groups to articulate their needs and promoting understanding of relevant issues. Duties will vary but may include:

  • identifying equality issues in order to ensure that there is no discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age or religious belief in employment, education and training or access to services
  • liaising with other organisations, departments and senior managers on equal opportunities issues within the organisation or the wider community
  • introducing and reviewing policies and practices to ensure the organisation works towards achieving a more balanced workforce
  • supporting community equal opportunities projects by working with community groups and organisations such as Race Equality Councils, women's groups, disability groups and the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Disability Rights Commission
  • promoting local, national and international equalities initiatives and events such as international women's week
  • working with local community groups to assess local needs, including facilities for specific groups such as ethnic minorities, the disabled or women
  • advising on issues of recruitment, staff development and other internal policies and procedures, and monitoring these areas
  • ensuring that advertising and promotional materials are not discriminatory
  • preparing and delivering training, presentations and workshops.


Hours and Environment

Working hours are usually 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, but evening and weekend work may sometimes be required. There may be opportunities for part-time work.

The work is usually office-based, but local travel may be necessary to attend meetings.

Because the work involves dealing with controversial and politically sensitive issues it can be stressful. Therefore, although empathy is necessary, it is important be able to maintain a level of detachment.

Skills and Interests

To be an equalities officer you should:

  • be committed to equal opportunities
  • have relevant work experience
  • enjoy working with people and have good interpersonal skills
  • have a knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities issues and legislation, and of cultural issues
  • have good communication skills, including listening, negotiation, presentation and persuasion (minority language skills are an advantage)
  • have the ability to work in a team
  • be open-minded, tactful and diplomatic.

Entry
 
A good knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities issues and legislation and good communication skills are basic requirements for the work.

Entry is very unlikely without relevant experience and many applicants have professional qualifications and experience in areas such as law, social work, teaching, community work and welfare rights. Experience in personnel departments may also be an advantage, and many equalities officers are members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Extensive voluntary experience with community groups may also be useful.

Many equalities officers have degrees, although this is not essential. Degree subjects that can be particularly relevant include education, law, psychology, sociology, business and management, and community and youth studies.

A postgraduate qualification in a related subject, such as race relations or disability studies may also be useful.

There is no upper age limit and life experience is usually regarded favourably.

Training

There are no nationally agreed training standards or courses for equalities officers. Training is usually on the job, arranged by the employer to meet the needs of the organisation.

It may be possible to study part-time for a postgraduate degree or for the professional qualifications of the CIPD. CIPD also offer short courses which may be useful for furthering or updating skills and knowledge. Information on CIPD courses and qualifications can be found on their website. Relevant short courses may also be offered by local colleges and other training providers.

Opportunities

Employers include public sector bodies such as local authorities and the civil service, some professional bodies such as the Law Society, large companies and large educational establishments. In smaller organisations the work may be covered by the personnel department rather than being a separate post.

Vacancies are advertised in the local and national press, in jobs bulletins produced by local councils and on the local government recruitment website (see below).

There may be opportunities to progress to senior posts but this may involve relocation. There may be possibilities of self-employment as a consultant for those with considerable experience.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Trainee officers or those combining the job with other duties may earn £16,000 per year.
Officers working for medium-sized organisations usually earn around £20,000.
Those working for large authorities, universities or international companies may earn £30,000.

Self-employed consultants will charge a daily rate which may be between £250 - £350.

Further information

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
CIPD House
Camp Road
Wimbledon
London
SW19 4UX
Tel: 020 8971 9000
www.cipd.co.uk

www.lgjobs.com the recruitment website for local government

General information on equal opportunities issues can be obtained from the following:

Equal Opportunities Commission
Arndale House
Arndale Centre
Manchester
M4 3EQ
Tel: 0845 601 5901
www.eoc.org.uk

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Equality House
7-9 Shaftesbury Square
Belfast
BT2 7DP
Tel: 028 9050 0600
www.equalityni.org

Commission for Racial Equality
St Dunstan's House
201-211 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1GZ
Tel: 020 7939 0000
www.cre.gov.uk

The Disability Rights Commission
www.drc-gb.org

Other Useful Equalities Officer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Equalities Officer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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