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Equal Opportunities Policy

As an Equal Opportunities employer, our policy is that no employee or applicant for employment will receive less favourable treatment than another person on the grounds of their race, (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, trade union membership, age, gender reassignment, maternity and paternity or disability. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against or disadvantaged by any condition or requirement that is not justified by the genuine needs of the job or the organisation. We therefore recognise and apply in full the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 in all areas of our organisation.

This commitment applies to all areas of employment, but in particular:

  • Recruitment and selection processes and procedures.

  • Job descriptions and job content.

  • Training and career development opportunities.

  • Terms and conditions of employment and access to employment related benefits and facilities.

  • Application of grievance and disciplinary procedures.

  • Application of redundancy policies or procedures.

  • Prevention of harassment of any description.

We view this policy as an important issue. It is the responsibility of all employees at all levels to ensure its observance. Any breaches of this policy will be treated extremely seriously by the Company. Conduct by employees during the course of their employment that constitutes discrimination on the grounds referred to above, will be considered to be gross misconduct and will lead to dismissal.

Equal opportunities practice is developing constantly as social attitudes and legislation changes. We will keep this policy under review and will implement changes where these could improve equality of opportunity. This commitment applies to all of our employment policies and procedures, not just those specifically connected with equal opportunities.

We will ensure that this system is implemented in conjunction with the development of systems for information recording, training and monitoring. Training is an important part of the implementation of this policy and a training programme will be developed to ensure that all employees recognise and understand their responsibilities on this issue.