This section contains information about Civil Service policy in key areas of diversity, including:
- Childcare – as an equal opportunities employer, the Civil Service provides childcare support as part of its commitment to attract, retain and support a diverse workforce.
- Religion or belief – the Civil Service believes everyone must have the same opportunity for employment and advancement based on their suitability for the work. There must be no unfair discrimination based on someone’s religion or belief.
- Sexuality and sexual orientation – all departments and agencies are committed to support their gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual employees.
- Age – age diversity is not simply about recruiting older people; it’s about recognising that people of all ages have something valuable to contribute to an organisation – and giving them the opportunity to do so.
- Bullying or harrassment – Civil Service departments and agencies are obliged to ensure staff work in a safe and non-threatening environment. They all have equal opportunities statements and related procedures in place to achieve this.
- Caring – up to 18% of employees in the public sector have caring responsibilities – whether it’s looking after a young child, or tending to an elderly or sick relative or friend. We firmly believe in supporting all our employees who are also carers outside the workplace.
- Disability – we foster and encourage equality for anyone with a disability, across all departments and agencies.
- Gender equality – the Civil Service has a long-standing commitment to promoting equal opportunities for men and women across the organisation.
- Gender identity – the Civil Service aims to support and treat all employees equally, regardless of their gender identity.
- Norther Ireland – a number of Civil Service departments employ staff in Northern Ireland, who are covered by legislation passed specifically for this area.
- Race and ethnicity – our policies and practices aim to ensure that all employees, regardless of their ethnic background, are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the Civil Service.
- Work life balance – many people in the Civil Service have commitments outside work – whether young children, other caring responsibilities or something else such as studying for qualifications. We are committed to helping every employee find the right work/life balance by offering flexible working options.
- Publications - contains useful publications on the areas of diversity covered in this section. These include general information and guidance, toolkits and copies of employee surveys on diversity.
The information is based on cross-departmental policy, although there are some examples of what individual departments are doing.
For more specific information about your own department, please refer to your manager or your departmental intranet.