Equality Act – Publishing Equality Information
The Equality Act places a ‘general Equality duty’ on public sector organisations to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act;
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who shared a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not;
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not.
The relevant protected characteristics (or groups) for the purpose of the Public Sector Equality Duty are age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership. DH extends its equal opportunities policies and practices to other characteristics, namely, working pattern and caring responsibilities.
The ‘specific duties’ within the Act place a requirement on Public Sector bodies to ‘publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the general Equality duty by 31 January 2012, and at least annually thereafter’. This report provides diversity data for all DH employees. It has been produced using data held in the Business Management System, which for diversity declaration is self-service.
Collecting and monitoring data on the diversity of our workforce allows us to examine how our
employment policies and processes are working, so areas where these appear to be impacting
disproportionately on certain groups of staff can be identified. Importantly, the data collection,
along with analysis, informs and shapes appropriate action.