Scotland's local councils share the vision of promoting equality and diversity and good relations in everything that they do. Equality issues are integrated into the services they provide and as employers they seek to ensure that their workforce is representative of the communities they serve.
Councils recognise the duties of the Equality Act - they want to make sure that their policies and practices eliminate unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, sexual orientation and religion or belief.
The recruitment portal has been designed to provide easy access to local authority jobs across the country and in doing so councils have worked with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Equality Network and the Scottish Councils Equality Network, to ensure the site meets the needs of everyone.
Equality impact assessments have been carried out at a national and some at local level. The development of the site is an ongoing one and myjobscotland welcomes comments at any time that can allow easier access. Local equality impact assessments can be found on individual council's mini-sites.
The recruitment portal ensures that there is consistency to the application process. The system can provide you with email alerts if a post you may be interested in is available.
Equal opportunities monitoring is an essential part of the application process. The monitoring form enables councils to meet their public sector duties. It also provides the statistical evidence to allow councils to assess if their workforce is representative of their communities, and if councils are overcoming inequalities. The questions have been developed with the support of representative groups and national bodies such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission. They also follow what was used in 2011 census.
Councils value diversity and are aware that individuals may have different needs. The Double Tick Symbol signifies employers who encourage applications from individuals who consider themselves to be disabled. With the right information these employers can ensure that those who require it can get to Access to Work. Many councils have adopted Family Friendly policies to try and enable their employees to achieve a work-life balance.