Equality and Diversity

Equalities

Southwark Council recognises that the diversity of our population and our workforce is a strength. We value the differences between people, and the ways that those differences can contribute to a richer, creative and more productive work environment. And, by placing equality at the heart of our fairer future vision, we aim to:

  • Improve the quality of life for Southwark’s people
  • Improve social cohesion
  • Promote people's rights and responsibilities
  • Ensure we have a workforce that understands and is committed to achieving these goals and retains the confidence of our local communities.


Recruitment

Everyone involved in recruitment decisions has been trained in equality and diversity issues and has a responsibility to uphold the reputation of the Council. All job applicants are asked to complete monitoring data about themselves. This is not made available to recruitment panels but is used to help us check that we are employing people in a fair and non-discriminatory way.


Applications from disabled candidates

We want to attract the best and most talented people to work for us and we will interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy. Therefore, please state within your application if you have a disability, and advise us of any reasonable adjustments we should consider to support you during the recruitment process.

Southwark is an accredited member of the Disability Confident Scheme, which means that we meet five commitments regarding the recruitment, employment, retention and career development of people with disabilities. We also place great emphasis on supporting our disabled employees and give them a voice through our well-established network for disabled staff, and support from our dedicated HR specialists.