The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Firm employs and promotes the most appropriate employees in a fair and consistent manner free from discrimination.
This policy covers all current employees and applicants for employment with the Firm.
The Firm is committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation at any stage of the recruitment process or in the terms and conditions offered to new employees, or promoted employees.
The Firm will monitor the composition of its workforce, in order to identify areas that may need positive action measures to promote equal opportunity and diversity.
Advertising of all positions will be carried out both internally and externally where appropriate. All employees (including fixed-term employees) will be notified of any positions that arise during their employment by way of these being posted on the staff notice board ‘workplace’.
Advertisements will make clear, in both wording and illustration, that the positions are open to all suitably qualified candidates, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Details of positions will be fully circulated so as to ensure access to all applicants. This includes forwarding internal advertisements to employees on long-term leave.
Screening will be carried out by matching details of applicants to the requirements of the job. The screening criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. Records of the screening process will be retained for a period of one year by the HR Department.
If it is necessary to use selection tests for a job, they will only relate to non-biased, genuine objective requirements of the role. Records of any testing undertaken will be retained for a period of one year.
The interviewing process will be carried out in the following way:
- no assumptions will be made on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation
- questions will relate to the requirements of the job as established in the job description and the person specification
- applicants will be assessed at the end of interviewing against pre-defined criteria
- interviewers will complete Interview Evaluation Forms for each candidate
- records of the interview process will be retained for a period of one year, including questions asked, answers given, any interview notes, and interview evaluation forms for all candidates.
Discussions on career development will take place as part of the employee’s appraisal meeting. Training and job experience needed for promotional opportunities will be open to all employees. Promotion will be determined by merit and performance against objective criteria.
Unsuccessful internal candidates will be given feedback so as to facilitate improvement. Training in giving feedback will be provided to managers charged with this task.
No employee will be overlooked in relation to a promotion or an experience-broadening opportunity because of their reluctance to apply or accept on a previous occasion. The process surrounding promotion will be free from discrimination.
All relevant staff, including those on fixed-term/part-time contracts, will have equal access to training opportunities, whether training is relevant to their current job, or to develop their skills.
All external candidates will be required to provide two satisfactory references prior to appointment. References will be checked in accordance with the standard reference checking . Referees must not be contacted without the permission of the candidate to whom they relate. Should a candidate not be in a position to provide two references, the issue will be dealt with by the Firm on a case-by-case basis.
Employment of foreign nationals
The Firm will only employ workers who are legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom. All employees will be required to undertake an appropriate right to work check, regardless of their nationality, by reviewing appropriate immigration documents or by accessing an online right to work check.
The Firm will retain, for at least one year, all records arising through the recruitment process.