Equality and diversity

At Acas we value equality, diversity and inclusion. We create equal opportunities and develop good working relationships between different people. We make every effort to eliminate discrimination. 

Discrimination means treating someone unfairly because of who they are. The Equality Act 2010 protects you from discrimination at work. 

If you’re applying to work at Acas

Our recruitment and selection processes are fair and we do not discriminate against candidates.

You will not be discriminated against for any of the following reasons:

  • age
  • gender reassignment
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are called protected characteristics. 

Asking for reasonable adjustments 

If you need us to make certain changes (known as 'reasonable adjustments') to make sure you’re not disadvantaged during the recruitment process, you should contact us as soon as possible. Email our recruitment team at hrrecruitment@acas.org.uk.

Our equality objectives

Under the Equality Act 2010, public authorities such as Acas must meet the public sector equality duty. We do this by looking at employees’ needs across our services. 

We have a specific duty under the Equality Act 2010 to set equality objectives. 

Our equality objectives are to:

  • improve representation rates for ethnic minorities and staff with disabilities across Acas by 2021
  • improve the fairness and inclusions scores for underrepresented groups by 2021
  • publish an annual equality information report 

Equality information report 

Our equality information report gives an update on the progress we’ve made on equality, diversity and inclusion. The report helps us to:

  • understand whether we’re providing equality and opportunity for all our employees
  • look at ways to improve data collection and data quality

Download our equality information report 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 665KB, 21 pages).

Our equality and diversity strategy 

Our strategy sets out our equality objectives between 2018 and 2021.

Our strategy helps to make sure that we include equality and diversity in everything we do. The Diversity and Inclusion Forum reviews our progress each year. 

Gender pay gap report

We publish a report each year showing how large the pay gap is between our male and female employees. 

View the Acas gender pay gap and bonus pay gap data on GOV.UK.

Get advice on gender pay gap reporting.

How we plan to close the gender pay gap

We publish a report each year which explains:

  • our approach to bonus pay
  • the reasons for pay gap changes  
  • what we’re doing to close the gender pay gap

Download the 2018 gender pay reporting narrative (PDF, 2MB, 4 pages).

Staff support networks

Our staff support networks provide training and advice. They also run events to promote equality and keep staff aware of how to respond to differing needs. 

We support the following staff networks:

  • LGBT+ and Allies Network
  • Race Equality Network
  • Disability Network

These networks are supported by the Diversity and Inclusion team, the Diversity and Inclusion Forum and the Acas Diversity Board advocate. 

Our achievements

Our work promoting equality and eliminating discrimination has been recognised by various organisations.

Disability Confident scheme

In November 2017, we achieved level 3 of the Department for Work and Pensions' Disability Confident scheme. The scheme encourages employers to think differently about disability and make the most of the skills disable people can bring to the workplace.

Best Employers for Race listing

In 2018, we were recognised as one of 70 employers in the Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing.

Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion

In July 2019, we were named as the best public sector employer by the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. We received awards for our work on our gender pay gap and Disability Confident scheme.