HSE publishes its equality data annually. The information shows that we have due regard to the three aims of the Equality Duty and that we have considered how our activities affect people with different protected characteristics.
HSE publishes data as part of its commitment to the Equality Duty. The data indicates the groups of people within HSE who have the protected characteristics of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability. Where appropriate, narratives are provided to explain how the data supports HSE’s commitment to achieve our Equality Duty specific duties:
All HSE staff are encouraged to share their diversity details by recording them, confidentially, on HSE’s electronic HR system, Resource Management (RM). The data helps to evaluate the performance of our policies and processes, and to identify issues that might need addressing.
Diversity data on age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability is collected, and regularly reviewed. We acknowledge that our declaration rates in relation to ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability continue to be lower than we would like them to be and regular communications are issued to all staff to encourage them to complete this data. This remains as one of our equality objectives for 2015/16. Increased declaration rates will help us to understand equality and diversity issues more effectively and to provide more detailed equality analysis in future years.