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Making DfE Digital and Technology more equitable 

List of support and services we offer to our employees to support their wellbeing

2020 is the Civil Service Year of Inclusion. The Civil Service is committed to becoming the most inclusive employer by 2023. It embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities.

A fully representative workforce means we can develop policies that make opportunities equal for children and young people. In our DfE Digital and Technology teams we want everyone to bring their whole self to work and be a place where honesty, challenge and innovation are encouraged and valued.

We have our leader’s full support

‘Inclusion and diversity is not a nice-to-have – it’s a necessity for organisational resilience, adaptability and flexibility. But it doesn’t happen without paying careful attention to your culture, your talent pool and systemic – probably unconscious – bias.

It starts with having open and honest conversations about our own prejudice and how we need to change. Leaders have a critical role in building an equitable environment in which everyone can thrive’

Emma Stace, Director Digital and Technology

We’re continually improving our hiring process to make it fairer

For many people the recruitment experience will be their first interaction with DfE Digital and Technology. We want people’s experience to be as fair and inclusive from the outset. Therefore it’s crucial that we continually test and improve how we hire to remove the possibility of bias and discrimination against people on the grounds of their:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Find out more about what we’re doing to make our recruitment as fair as possible.

We work with underrepresented groups to learn how we can do better

We will soon run user research sessions with people in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (with little or no experience of the Civil Service) to:

  • review our job adverts, how we assess candidates for digital roles, and our brand
  • tell us if we come across as the kind of employer that people want to work for
  • tell us what we’re doing right and what is not working

We want to know where else we should be posting and advertising our job adverts in order to reach people who wouldn’t ordinarily look for our jobs.

If you’re keen to take part in this user research session, contact Farah Khan.

How well are we doing?

We’ve been ranked as silver in Mind’s Wellbeing index.

We’re one of the top 100 employers who’ve signed up to the Race at work charter.

We’re number 22 in the top 75 organisations on the Social Mobility employer’s index.

Carers UK awarded us an accreditation.

We've signed the Diversity Charter and in doing so encourage our speakers to only attend events that have diverse panels.

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