Inclusivity at West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Find out what West Yorkshire Combined Authority is doing in its efforts to create a more inclusive workplace - a workplace fit for the future.

Inclusivity

The Combined Authority is passionate to be a diverse, inclusive, and innovative organisation, celebrating the difference of all the people we serve, work with and employ. We know through evidence that diverse experience, ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better outcomes. 

We are working together for an inclusive West Yorkshire, and we’re committed to achieving our vision to be a leader recognised nationally for our focus and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

By understanding more about our inclusive workplace culture and the diversity of our workforce, we can create changes and strengthen the organisation to better support the people we work with and serve. As such our employees are asked to undertake activities, including training, to support us all in bringing our whole selves to work.

We encourage and welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, sex characteristics, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (or no belief), sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, or other characteristics that shape our whole selves. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including due consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability and/or who are neuro-divergent. By ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion are central to our recruitment principles and processes, we can continue developing a diverse and inclusive workplace that benefits our people, place and region. This is why we are a Mindful Employer, and a Disability Confident Committed organisation. As part of the positive action work we are doing, we are actively encouraging BAME, LGBTQIA+, women and minority genders, and disabled applicants to apply for our roles.

Disability Confident Committed

We are committed to being disability confident, to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledge to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.  We promote being armed forces-friendly and are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

Vercida

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has a partnership with Vercida Group.  

Vercida (Values, Equality, Respect, Culture, Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility) is a recruitment platform that specialises in Diversity and Inclusion.  West Yorkshire is a multi cultural county, and we want our organisation to be reflective of the people and communities that we serve.  

You can find out about this partnership by visiting the Combined Authority's Vercida profile here

Mindful Employer

Established in 2004, Mindful Employer is a UK wide initiative run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
Providing employers with easier access to professional Workplace Mental Health training, information and support, the initiative aims to help empower employers to take a lead in supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff. By signing the ‘Charter for Employer Positive About Mental Health’, West Yorkshire Combined Authority have made a public statement of our desire to support the mental health of our staff across the organisation.

Further information

  • Ethnicity Pay Gap Report 2021
  • Gender Pay Gap Report 2021
  • Pay Gap - Information about West Yorkshire Combined Authority's gender and ethnicity pay gap and the steps and measures we are taking to deliver on our commitment to equality
  • Equality Objectives - how the Combined Authority is committed to promoting equality and values diversity, encouraging fairness with equal chances for all to work, learn and be free from any barriers, discrimination or victimisation