Diversity and inclusion
Inclusion is central to all we do. We are committed to promoting good practice in respect of equality and diversity in all our work.
We value, respect and celebrate differences, and enjoy the benefits these bring to the culture and performance of our organisation.
We ensure that our people reflect the diversity of the public whose interests we serve by:
- Making our recruitment and selection policy and procedures as accessible as possible
- Monitoring our processes rigorously for any disproportionality and - in the event of any disproportionality - developing targeted activities to address this
- Providing a working environment that is accessible to all and supporting and promoting the varied needs of our staff
- Applying the provisions of our disability confident accreditation in our recruitment and select activities, ensuring that we are responsive to the needs of disabled people
- Continuously striving for improvement, working with key partners and stakeholders to share learning and engage in benchmarking activities
We work closely with our staff in delivering our commitments. We have an active Employee Forum and Business Champions Group; colleagues use these two groups as a vehicle to drive forward change.
While external benchmarks are important, we also recognise the immense value that staff support networks can add to our workplace. These networks provide direct support to their members through ongoing training and advice. They provide insight on the diversity of our people and run events to keep staff aware of how to respond to differing needs. As an internal resource they have been instrumental in understanding how we can better engage with our stakeholders and the communities we serve. We formally recognise and support the following staff support networks:
- Access Ability - provides support and information to colleagues who have a disability or ongoing medical condition.
- BAME network - provides support and information to black, asian and other minority ethnic staff.
- Nexus - provides support and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff. We also have an Allies initiative which allows those who do not identify as LGBT to show their visible support to colleagues.
- Christian network - provides support to Christians throughout the SRA to apply their faith to how they work.
- Women's network - provides support to women and help to promote gender equality in the workplace.
We are a Disability Confident employer. We are committed to removing any barriers to employing disabled people and those with long term health conditions.
Working for us
We support people who work for us through: flexible working arrangements (where possible), reasonable adjustments, accessible premises and an Employee Assistance Programme.
If you are successful in your application, we can discuss your needs with you before you start.
Applying for jobs with us
Please contact us to request an adjustment.
We will treat your request sensitively and will discuss with you how best we can help.
Some examples of adjustments we can make:
- offering you an alternative if you are unable to use our online application system
- providing necessary information, such as the job description or assessment materials, in an alternate format
- allowing more time during an interview (particularly if there is a technical element)
- allowing you to have someone with you during an interview.