What is positive action?



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The Equality Act 2010 permits employers to take positive action measures to improve equality for people who share a protected characteristic. Section 158 of the Act enables us to take proportionate action to reduce disadvantage or increase participation of a particular group who are underrepresented in the workforce.

We are committed to having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities to give us the widest spectrum of ideas, backgrounds, cultures and skills.

Our service is currently underrepresented by:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people
  • people with disabilities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people
  • women (in firefighting roles)

Examples of the types of positive action activity we carry out include targeted advertising, ‘meet and greet’ sessions, recruitment programmes and female fitness sessions.

Positive action does not include giving someone a job based on their protected characteristic. This is unlawful.