Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is central to everything we do. We are actively committed to promoting and participating in good practice in the way that we attract, recruit and retain staff. We also apply this commitment to the work that we do.

We value, respect and celebrate differences, enjoying the benefits these differences bring to the culture and performance of our organisation.

We make sure that our staff 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 selection activities, making sure that we are responsive to the needs of disabled people
  • Continuously striving for improvement by working with key partners and stakeholders to share learning, as well as engaging in benchmarking activities.

We work closely with staff to deliver our commitments and, alongside our staff networks, have a staff forum that works to drive forward change.

Staff networks

We recognise the immense value that staff support networks add to our workplace. These networks provide direct support to members through ongoing training and advice. They also provide insight on the diversity of our people and the events help to raise awareness of how best 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
  • SRA Pride Plus – provides support and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) staff
  • Christian network – provides support to Christians throughout the SRA to apply their faith to how they work​
  • Network of Women (NOW) – provides support to women and help to promote gender equality in the workplace.
  • iCare network – provides support to those who have caring commitments
  • Working parents – provides support to working parents and helps to promote flexibility in the workplace where possible
  • SRA Allies: allows staff, regardless of their identity, background or circumstance, to demonstrate visible support to colleagues

Reasonable adjustments

We are a Disability Confident employer. We are committed to removing barriers to employing disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.

Working for us

We support people who work for us by offering different levels of support, these vary depending on the individual needs. These include but are not limited to:

  • flexible working arrangements (where possible)
  • reasonable adjustments
  • accessible premises
  • an Employee Assistance Programme.

If your application is successful and you have any requirements, we will discuss these with you before you start. Conversations will be confidential.

Applying for jobs with us

Please contact us to request an adjustment.

We will discuss with you how best we can help and will treat any requests sensitively and confidentially.

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 for example, a British Sign Language interpreter.

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