We are committed to equal opportunities, both as an employer and in the services we provide.
We believe that diversity benefits every colleague, resident and business in the country and it is important that our approach is accessible by all, regardless of:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Realising Scotland's economic potential
There are moral and legal reasons to promote equal opportunities, but it's also part of realising Scotland's full economic potential. Embracing equal opportunities will help:
- Counter the effects of an ageing workforce
- Address rising youth and female unemployment
- Encourage greater innovation in the Scottish economy
There is also a strong business case for Scottish companies to adopt diversity. Research suggests that an effective approach to equal opportunities helps businesses keep staff and find new markets. For example, disabled people in Scotland spend an estimated £8 billion per year and many public sector contracts now require an equality focus.
Equality Act 2010
We are committed to complying with the Act, the Public Sector Duty and the associated Scottish Specific Equality Duties, giving due regard to:
- Eliminating discrimination
- Advancing equality of opportunity
- Fostering good relations between groups
We have a number of mechanisms to fulfil this, which are outlined below.
Equal opportunities biennial report and strategy
This report details:
- Our commitment to equal opportunities
- The steps we're taking to ensure we address the needs of under-represented groups
- Our equality outcomes within the context of a new strategy for the organisation
Read our Equal Opportunities Biennial report
This fulfils our obligation to produce a mainstreaming report under the Scottish Specific Equality Duties.
Equal Pay Policy
In line with other public sector bodies and in accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty, we have an equal pay policy and a statement. The equal pay statement includes occupational segregation information, showing our gender profile by grade and by function, and a gender pay gap.
Equal Pay Policy (PDF, 17kB)
Equal Pay Statement (PDF, 75.4kB)
Equality impact assessments
At the heart of our equality work are Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs). We apply this methodology to all our new and amended policies and projects. The EIAs cover the protected characteristics highlighted above and human rights. Our current assessments are presented below to increase transparency with our work.
Game in Scotland and beyond (Word, 149kB)
Interactive Scotland (Word, 124kB)
Creative Clyde (Word, 126kB)
Chemical Sciences (Word, 137kB)
Technology and Engineering (Word, 120kB)
Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms (Word, 118kB)
Industrial fellowships (Word, 125kB)
HR - Parental leave (Word, 116kB)
HR - Disciplinary policy (Word, 117kB)
HR - Code of conduct policy (Word, 119kB)
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