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Equalities officer

Equalities officers make sure people are treated equally in an organisation by promoting positive practices and attitudes.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

2.9%
Future employment

There will be 2.9% more Equalities officer jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • identify equality issues
  • introduce new policies and review existing practices
  • work with employers to help them develop a diverse workforce
  • raise awareness in organisations, schools and the community
  • support community projects and groups
  • promote equality law and events, like International Women's Week
  • make sure adverts and promotions do not discriminate
  • prepare and deliver training, presentations and workshops

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • a college course
  • applying directly
University

You could do a degree in a relevant subject, such as:

  • law
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • community or youth studies
  • human resources

Postgraduate courses

You could also do a postgraduate qualification if you want to learn more about equality and diversity.

You could study something like:disability studies; race and ethnic relations; equality and diversity studies

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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College

You could get an introduction to this type of work from a relevant college course, like a Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
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Apprenticeship

You could do an advanced apprenticeship in HR support to help you get started in this role.

This typically takes about 18 months to complete and is a mix of learning in the workplace and the classroom.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Volunteering and work experience

You will find it useful if you have experience of working in the community.

You can get this by volunteering:

  • to help with equality and diversity issues in a student union or trade union
  • with a local community group, tenants' association or charity
  • in a related career like housing, regeneration, social work or youth work

Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs if you have work experience and knowledge of equal opportunities issues and laws.

You might find it helpful to have experience in human resources, youth and community work or social work when you are looking for jobs.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

If you want to work as an equality and diversity officer in a school, you may first need to qualify as a teacher.

Professional and industry bodies

Some employers will prefer you to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Further information

You can find out more about working as an equalities officer from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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With experience, you could become a senior officer and work towards accreditation with the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals.

You could also work as a consultant, move into human resources or become a manager.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • active listening skills
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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