Equality and diversity officer, equal opportunities officer, equality, diversity and human rights officer
Equalities officers promote practices and attitudes to make sure people from minority groups are treated equally within organisations.
Salary range: £18,000 to £45,000
How to become an equalities officer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- applying directly
You could do a degree in a relevant subject, like
- community studies or youth studies
- human resources
Employers may accept a degree in any subject but a postgraduate qualification in disability studies, race and ethnic relations, or equality and diversity studies, may also help you.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You could get an introduction to this type of work from a relevant college course, like a Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
Volunteering and experience
You’ll need practical experience of working in the community. You can get this through:
- involvement with equality and diversity issues in a student union or trade union
- volunteering with a local community group, tenants’ association or charity
- working in a related career like housing, regeneration, social work or youth work
You could apply directly for jobs if you have relevant work experience as well as knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities issues and legislation.
Experience in human resources, youth and community work or social work may give you an advantage.
You may need to qualify as a teacher first if you want to work as an equality and diversity officer in schools.
Professional and industry bodies
Some employers will prefer you to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
You can find out more about working as an equalities officer from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to read English
- active listening skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- pass background checks
What you’ll do
In this role you could be:
- identifying equality issues, introducing new policies and reviewing existing practices
- working with employers to help them develop a diverse workforce
- supporting community-based projects and groups
- promoting equality initiatives and events, like International Women’s Week
- making sure adverts and promotional materials don’t discriminate
- working with children from ethnic minority backgrounds in schools
- preparing and delivering training, presentations and workshops
You could work in an office.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a senior officer and work towards accreditation with the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals.
You could also work as a consultant or move into general management.