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Equalities officer

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

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

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

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Equalities officer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • identifying equality issues, introducing new policies and reviewing existing practices
  • working with employers to help them develop a diverse workforce
  • supporting community-based projects and groups
  • promoting equality initiatives and events, like International Women's Week
  • making sure adverts and promotional materials don’t discriminate
  • working with children from ethnic minority backgrounds in schools
  • preparing and delivering training, presentations and workshops

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

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

You could do a degree in a relevant subject, likelaw; 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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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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Volunteering and work experience

You'll need practical experience of working in the community. 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.

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 or move into general management.

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
  • the ability to read English
  • active listening skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • 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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