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Equalities officer

Equalities officers promote practices and attitudes to make sure all people are treated equally within organisations.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

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

Future employment

There will be 4.1% more Equalities officer jobs in 2026.

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-based projects and groups
  • promote equality initiatives and events, like International Women's Week
  • make sure adverts and promotional materials 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

You could do a degree in a relevant subject, like:

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

Employers may accept a degree in any subject but a postgraduate qualification in disability studies, race and ethnic relations, or equality and diversity studies, may also help you.

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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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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An advanced apprenticeship in HR support could help you get started in this role.

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

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

Practical experience of working in the community will be an advantage. You can get this through:

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

Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs if you have relevant work experience as well as knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities issues and legislation.

Experience in human resources, youth and community work or social work may give you an advantage.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

You may need to qualify as a teacher first if you want to work as an equality and diversity officer in schools.

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 take up general management roles.

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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