Developed by Barclay Meade part of the Matchtech Group plc. Company Reg. No. 07091850.
Place of Registration: 1450 Parkway, Solent Business Park, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7AF, England.
Barclay Meade is committed to becoming an equal opportunity employer and to ensuring that all employees, job applicants, customers/clients and other people with whom we deal are treated fairly and are not subjected to unfair or unlawful discrimination.
This policy is not contractual, but aims to set out the way in which Barclay Meade aims to manage equal opportunity. This policy applies to all employees and workers.
Our policy is designed to ensure that current and potential workers are offered the same opportunities regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic circumstances, disability, pregnancy, gender reassignment, civil partnership or any other characteristic unrelated to the performance of the job. We seek to ensure that no one suffers, either directly or indirectly, as a result of unlawful discrimination. This extends beyond the individual's own characteristics, to cover discrimination by association and by perception.
We recognise that an effective equal opportunity policy will help all staff to develop to their full potential, which is clearly in the best interests of both our staff and our business. We aim to ensure that we not only observe the relevant legislation but also do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity.
We expect everyone who works for us to be treated and to treat others with respect. Our aim is to provide a working environment free from harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form that may affect the dignity of the individual.
We further recognise the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, as this creates a workforce where creativity and valuing difference in others thrives. We value the wealth of experience within the community in which we operate and aspire to have a workforce that reflects this.
The main legislation that covers equal opportunities and discrimination is the Equality Act 2010. In addition, the following should be taken into consideration:
Discrimination may be direct or indirect, and can take different forms, for example:
The overall responsibility for implementing and monitoring the effectiveness of this policy rests with the senior management of Barclay Meade.
Managers and team leaders have a crucial role to play in promoting equality of opportunity in their own areas of responsibility. All staff, irrespective of their job or seniority, will be given guidance and instruction, through our induction and other training, as to their responsibility and role in promoting equality of opportunity and not discriminating unfairly or harassing colleagues or job applicants, nor encouraging others to do so or tolerating such behaviour. Disciplinary action, including dismissal, may be taken against any employee found guilty of unfair discrimination or harassment.
We aim, through written instruction and appropriate training and supervision, to ensure that all staff who are responsible for recruitment and selection are familiar with this policy and apply it in conjunction with our recruitment policy.
Selection will be conducted on an objective basis and will focus on the applicants' suitability for the job and their ability to fulfil the job requirements. Our interest is in the skills, abilities, qualifications, aptitude and the potential of individuals to do their jobs.
Person specifications will be reviewed to ensure that criteria are not applied which are discriminatory, either directly or indirectly, and that they do not impose any condition or requirement which cannot be justified by the demands of the post.
Questions asked of candidates will relate to information that will help assess their ability to do the job. Questions about marriage plans or family intentions or any other issues which may give rise to suspicions of unlawful discrimination should not be asked. Selection tests will be specifically related to the job and measure an individual's actual, or inherent, ability to do or train for the job.
Barclay Meade recognises that equal opportunity responsibilities do not end at selection, and is committed to ensure that wherever possible all staff receive the widest possible range of development opportunities for advancement.
All employees will be encouraged to discuss their career prospects and training needs with their manager. Opportunities for promotion and training will be communicated and made available to all staff on a fair and equal basis.
The provision of training will be reviewed to ensure that provisions are made where necessary to enable part-time workers, shift or remote workers or those returning to work following a break to benefit from training. No age limits apply for entry to training or development schemes which are open to all employees.
We will ensure that all of our policies and any other relevant issues associated with terms and conditions of employment, are formulated and applied without regard to race, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic circumstances, disability, pregnancy, gender reassignment, civil partnership or any other characteristic unrelated to the performance of the job.
These will be reviewed regularly to ensure there is no discrimination.
Staff who believe they have been discriminated against and have not been able to resolve this informally are advised to use our internal grievance procedure. An employee who brings a complaint of discrimination must not be less favourably treated.
Harassment or bullying will not be tolerated, and any individual employee who feels that he/she has been subjected to harassment or bullying should refer to our Harassment and bullying policy. Equally, any employee who witnesses incidents of harassment or bullying should report this to his/her manager or an appropriate senior member of staff.
When dealing with general disciplinary matters, care is to be taken that employees who have, are perceived to have, or are associated with someone who has, a protected characteristic are not dismissed or disciplined for performance or behaviour which could be overlooked or condoned in other employees.
We have no default retirement age and employees who wish to work beyond the age of 65 may choose to do so.
We also recognise that passive policies will not reverse the discrimination experienced by many groups of people.
Any measures taken to encourage applications should not be construed as positive discrimination. The decision as to which applicant is offered a post must be based entirely on the merit of the individual.
Our personnel policies and procedures will be reviewed regularly to improve, amend or adapt current practices to promote equality of opportunity within our business.
Relevant data will be collected to support this policy. Personal details provided by employees or job applicants for the purposes of equal opportunity monitoring are confidential and will be kept apart from all other records and not used for any other purpose.
Any queries or comments about this policy should be addressed to the HR and Training Director.