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Equalities officer 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, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £45,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 30 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need: 

  • knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities issues and legislation
  • a degree in a relevant subject, like law, psychology, or sociology

If you've an unrelated degree, a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject like disability studies, race and ethnic relations, or equality and diversity studies will be helpful.

Paid or unpaid work experience of dealing with equality and diversity issues from community volunteering, work shadowing, a university committee, or a student or trade union would also be useful. 

You could start as a trainee if you have a lot of relevant experience with community groups. 

To work as an equality and diversity officer in schools, you may need to qualify as a teacher first.

Some employers will prefer you to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to relate to a wide variety of people
  • excellent listening and communication skills
  • negotiation skills
  • the ability to deliver presentations and influence others
  • research and analytical skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £45,000

Highly Experienced: £45,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

You may need to work in the evenings or at weekends.

You’ll usually be based in an office. 

You may need to travel when visiting community organisations, or going to meetings, workshops and conferences.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016