Fairness and equality at work

How we work to understand the diversity of Oxfordshire and needs of our communities.

We aim to provide excellent services to all residents of the county. In order for us to succeed it is essential that our workforce has an awareness and understanding of the diversity of Oxfordshire and needs of our communities.


Oxfordshire County Council recognises the contribution that every employee makes, value individual differences, and encourages respect for all. We are working towards achieving a diverse workforce that fully reflects our community. The council annually monitors the extent to which we achieve this.

Gender Pay Gap Report

Oxfordshire County Council recognises and supports the aim of Gender Pay Gap reporting, which is to help employers identify the gaps in their organisations, take action to close their gender pay gap and to ensure that women have the same opportunities as men to fulfil their potential in the workplace.


The council is committed to developing apprenticeships and entry routes into the council. We recognise that barriers exist for some groups and people wishing to work within the council to respond to this we provide apprenticeship support and encouragement a greater diversity in recruitment.

Disability equality


The county council is a Disability Confident employer which means that we guarantee an interview to any applicant with a disability who meets the essential selection criteria.

The council also works to the following commitments:

  • To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.
  • To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time but at least once a year, with disabled employees, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities.
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make sure these commitments work.
  • To review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.

Support for working carers

We recognise that many staff, in addition to their paid employment, have unpaid caring responsibilities for relatives, children and friends who need support due to illness, disability, frailty or addiction. Visit the supporting working carers page for full details.

Understanding our customer needs

All new staff are required to undertake a short on-line training course on our legal equality duties and how these duties relate to the diverse needs of our customers.

Putting equality at the heart of our work

The council has a Equality Policy that informs all aspects of our work. For information about our principles and the work we are doing to tackle inequality in Oxfordshire please see the Equality and cohesion page.

Positive action for young people leaving care

We are committed to supporting young people leaving care in to employment.

We guarantee to interview job applicants’ who meet the essential job criteria, have been in care and who have successfully completed a course of further education at school, college or university. For those leaving care without any further or higher education we guarantee an interview for apprenticeships with the council.