We are committed to ensuring that all our employment policies and practices for staff are fair, advance equality of outcome, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations.
To inform our priority areas for improvement we gather evidence from our equality monitoring data, equality impact assessments and consultations with our staff, staff groups and Trade Unions. We use this information to:
- identify any potential disparities in the diversity profile of our workforce which helps us in developing actions to address any perceived inequalities and barriers to equality of opportunity
- understand whether our employment policies, practices and procedures are equitable and are being implemented fairly, by examining under- or over-representation of staff
- identify differences in the outcomes or experience of staff and, where required, develop training and guidance to support our managers in managing a diverse workforce
- inform the development of all our people policies to ensure that they advance the three aims of the general duty
Each year we publish a summary of the employment monitoring data we have collated and considered in our equality and diversity workforce reports. This includes information on:
- the equality profile of our workforce (including representation at different levels and pay bands)
- recruitment and promotion
- working patterns: numbers of part-time and full-time staff
- pay gap information
- access to learning and development
- grievances (including about harassment)
- disciplinary action (including for harassment)
- dismissals and other reasons for leaving (including exits under severance schemes, retirements and resignations)
- sickness absence
- flexible working patterns
- pregnancy and maternity leave
The equality information helps us identify and understand potential key equality issues in our workforce including evidence of potential pay gaps. To assess our performance, we also benchmark ourselves against national statistics released by the Office for National Statistics including the Public Sector Employment Statistics which can be viewed on the Office for National Statistics website.
Gender pay gap reporting
We have published our gender pay gap data. As we have less than 250 employees, we are not required to publish this information. However, we believe that transparency, reporting and monitoring is an important step to tackle the inequalities that are revealed through examining pay gaps.
Read our latest gender pay gap report.
Find out more about gender pay gap reporting requirements.
This document provides a summary of the equality considerations around the development and implementation of the Commission’s new operating model.
Last updated: 15 Aug 2017