What can I earn as an equal opportunities officer in the Midlands?

Also known as…


…equality and diversity officer, equalities strategy officer, or equalities adviser.



What you need to succeed…


As well as a relevant degree and the CIPD qualification, a tactful approach to sensitive matters and a good understanding of equality legislation are a must. You will also need to be aware of the issues faced by different disadvantaged groups. You will need to gain at least two to three years’ generalist HR experience before moving into a specialist role of this nature. Not only should you be aware of the needs of various disadvantaged groups, but experience of working in this area would be even better.



What is involved…


Your role will be to eradicate discrimination in the workplace. An equal opportunities officer will assist with the development, implementation and promotion of equal opportunities policies. Training is usually a fundamental part of this role, and you can expect to work with internal and/or external training providers, ensuring there is full equality and diversity training for employees and managers. You will also provide support and advice to all HR staff and line managers who are dealing with equality-related staffing issues.



Prospects…


Good. This is a fast-growing field, so more and more opportunities are appearing for those with the right skills and experience. There is definitely scope for career progression too, as more senior positions are being created. Opportunities are also opening up within specialist consultancies.


By Hays Human Resources




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