Bristol City Council Recruitment Fails to Include Inclusion

Bristol City Council is currently advertising for an interim Head of Equality and Inclusion, releasing a recruitment video perfectly capturing why the post is desperately needed.

The job advert describes the role as ‘making inclusion part of everything we do,’ though manages to avoid including most marginalised communities in its recruitment video.



The council is looking for someone who can bring to life its Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy 2018–2023. The strategy states that the policy will be ‘particularly relevant to to citizens who experience discrimination or harassment because of one of more of the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.’ It goes on to say that the council has a legal duty not to ‘discriminate, harass or victimise’ anyone on on these grounds and must work to eliminate discrimination.

Whilst the recruitment video quite rightly focuses on racial inequality, a major issue in the city and at the council itself, it fails to acknowledge any other communities in Bristol. This contrasts against its job advert which states: ‘Bristol City Council is committed to increasing diversity in its workforce and leadership. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community. However, we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups including BAME, LGBT+, female, disabled and/or neuro-diverse candidates.’ Only not when it comes to targeting them through the recruitment campaign.

The Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy correctly describes the protected characteristics as: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees describes his hope for Bristol as being a city which is “inclusive and sustainable.” He also says that it makes “financial sense” because it will reduce demand on public services and give the city a “more resilient workforce.”

Found of Bristol Send Justice Sally Kent, had only this week written about how the word ‘resilient’ is too often inappropriately used when it comes to disabled communities.

The salary for the fixed term position until February 2021 is £61,596 – £68,440.


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