Equality, diversity and inclusion

We want to attract, retain and develop the very best people to build a diverse and talented workforce.

Valuing you

Every colleague has an equal opportunity to make the most of their career with us and we understand and celebrate differences in our workforce. When you join us, we want you to feel valued at work – we will value your ideas and the different perspectives you bring to the workplace.  

Fair recruitment

We treat all our colleagues and prospective colleagues fairly and with respect. We want to help our communities thrive and believe our workforce should be representative of our residents. Our recruitment is open and fair to everyone and we encourage all sections of our community to apply for our jobs. Our selection process is based on an objective application and interview process and you will only be judged on how your experience meets the actual requirements of the job.  

We do not discriminate and make sure everyone is given an equal opportunity in accordance with the law and as an individual. This is irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  

Supporting our people

We want everyone to thrive whilst working for us and every one who does has the opportunity to develop and be valued for their contribution. We put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do. We have access to a range of networks developed by staff communities, including LGBTQ+ Employee Network, Menopause Support Group and Carers Network.  

We recognise that inequality, disadvantage and discrimination exist in society. We are committed to treating all residents, service users and colleagues fairly and making sure there is equality of opportunity for all.  

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We create...

an inclusive environment where everyone is welcomed and difference is valued.
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We promote...

a culture that’s open and transparent and where we treat everyone fairly and with respect.
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We encourage...

a workspace where everyone can feel supported to be themselves whoever they are.

Employee voice

Our employees’ views and feedback are essential to how we develop policies and working practice here at Torbay Council so it is vital that we have the mechanisms in place to encourage engagement and participation. 

We do this in a variety of different ways, through our Directors via listening circles and open door sessions, to wider corporate participation events such as a monthly ‘Ask Us Anything’ session with our Senior Leaders and all colleague briefing with our Chief Executive.  Our managers are also invited to quarterly Managers forums where they can feedback and also share information from their different service areas.  

Our staff survey also runs twice a year and is our chance to check-in with staff on an individual basis, the feedback is anonymous and is a good check and balance to let us know how we are doing.

Supporting our staff

We have various schemes in place to support all staff, from being a disability confident employer to supporting employees who are carers, foster carers or those who served in the armed forces. Find out more on our wellbeing page >