Equal Opportunities

IDS is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of service, promotion and career development and access to training and development.

We have an equal opportunities policy (pdf) which aims to ensure that no member of staff or job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, religious belief or similar philosophical belief, nationality or ethnic or national origins, disability of by virtue of the fact that they are a person living with HIV or AIDS, or are disadvantaged by a provision, criterion or practice which cannot be shown to be proportionate to achieving a legitimate aim.

The values IDS holds as an organisation means that we believe we have a particular responsibility to promote diversity in all aspects of our work. We endeavour to move beyond just complying with the law to promote diversity and to address discrimination in all its forms. We want to be an inclusive employer where we value every individual and the skills they bring to IDS.

We are proud of what we have achieved but recognise that there is more to be done. For job applicants we have a number of processes and procedures to help ensure that this aim is achieved. Currently these include:

  • Wide advertising of most vacant posts
  • Use of job descriptions and person specifications setting out the minimum criteria needed to fulfil the duties of the post against which candidates are assessed
  • Use of standard online application forms to ensure all candidate information is presented in a similar format
  • Personal details kept separate and confidential from the application details that are considered by the shortlisting panel
  • Shortlisting against the criteria on the person specification
  • Use of a range of assessment methods to identify knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the post applied for
  • Interviews undertaken by a panel rather than one individual
  • Structured interviews where all candidates are asked broadly the same questions to assess their relevant skills and knowledge against the criteria of the person specification
  • Decision making based on the information gained through the selection process assessed against the criteria of the person specification. Prior knowledge of candidates and any irrelevant information is disregarded
  • We work with Access to Work to enable employees or potential employees with a disability to take up or continue employment with us
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