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Pledge to Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across Staffordshire

Posted on Tuesday 7th February 2023

Alan White

The drive to promote equality, diversity and inclusion across Staffordshire continues to be a key priority for the county council.

Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said the council was committed to working hard to ensure everyone has fair and equal opportunities in its own workplace and across the whole county.

The council’s own mean gender pay gap has also continued to fall to 9.7 per cent and is significantly below national and public sector benchmarks. (The gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between men and women's average earnings and is not the same as equal pay for the same job)

Alan White, Leader of the Council said:

Working to ensure everyone in Staffordshire has the best opportunity they can to do well, to thrive and be happy is at the core of the values of this council.

As a major employer, we want to lead by example to others across the county. I am proud of the progress which has been made but recognise too that more work still needs to be done to make Staffordshire a truly inclusive place to live and work.”

In the last 12 months the council’s progress has included:

• Publishing a new Gender Pay Gap and Workforce Profile

• Launch of a new Translation and Interpretation service to allow communities to receive information in different languages

• Supporting people who face barriers to employment by offering work placements through its Open Door scheme

Priorities for the next year include the further development of recruitment policies to support the drive for equality, diversity and inclusion and to promote the policy among apprenticeship applications.

Updates on the work will be discussed by Cabinet on February 15.

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