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Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all we do. We want to eliminate barriers that prevent people accessing our services or enjoying employment opportunities within the ICO.

We are committed to developing our staff and to fair and inclusive employment practices. We will work proactively to make sure that there are no restrictions to building and developing a diverse workforce.

As a UK public body, we are positive about our duties and obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Welsh Language Act 1993.

ICO equality objectives

We have developed Equality Objectives which will help us take forward equality and diversity matters as a regulator, service provider and employer. Our senior management team have agreed to the objectives detailed on the attachment and they link to our Corporate Plans.

Our Equality and Diversity Committee will help to ensure that our equality objectives help to improve how we go about our business and continue to progress equality and diversity matters. ICO Equality Objectives

Publishing equality information

As part of our duty under equality laws, we publish information about actions we are taking to promote equality and diversity and achieve our equality objectives.

Annual Equality Information Publication - January 2020

Under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 we are also required to submit an annual progress report to the Northern Ireland Equality Commission.

The ICO's latest annual progress report submission to the Northern Ireland Equality Commission

The ICO is obliged to publish information Gender Pay Gap information. As well as that information being available on the website of the Government Equalities Office, the most recently available data can be found here.

Gender pay gap reporting requirements as at 31 March 2020

We welcome people from all backgrounds so that our governance reflects all the communities we serve. Consequently, for all our roles we are interested in hearing from potential applicants from under-represented groups who are interested in making a contribution to our organisation in this role.

Disability Confident scheme

We are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are fair and inclusive and enable everyone to showcase their individual talents. We are happy to discuss any additional support you may need at any stage and will make reasonable adjustments according to your needs. Disabled applicants are guaranteed an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria for the role.

If you are disabled and have difficulty using our online application system please email the Hays Account Director at who can arrange for you to submit an application via an alternative method.