Diversity and equal opportunities policy

Published: 27 June 2017
Freedom of information class: About Registers of Scotland

Information on our diversity and equal opportunities policy.

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 introduced new duties for the public sector in Scotland.

The general duty requires Scottish public authorities to pay 'due regard' to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, victimisation and harassment;
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • and foster good relations.

The specific duties for Scotland include:-

  • Enhanced obligations relating to Equality Impact Assessments;
  • Publication of employment monitoring information, in relation to the recruitment, development and retention of staff on an annual basis;
  • The publication to equality outcomes every 4 years;
  • The production of a Mainstreaming Report every 2 years;
  • The introduction of equality considerations into procurement documents; and
  • The annual publication of gender pay gap statistics

These requirements will apply across the nine protected characteristics outlined below. They replace the previous duties placed on public sector organisations relating to race, disability and gender.

RoS Diversity and Equality Statement

RoS is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of the diverse communities we serve and each employee feels respected and able to give of their best.  We aim to eliminate discrimination and unfair treatment on the grounds of irrelevant difference, including those nine characteristics protected by the law:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender Reassignment
  4. Marriage & Civil Partnership
  5. Pregnancy & Maternity
  6. Race
  7. Religion & Belief
  8. Sex
  9. Sexual Orientation