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Working for Bury Council

We value individuality in our workforce and aim to make the best use of each employee's skills, talents abilities and experience.

We recognise the value of a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Increased diversity within our workforce leads to creativity and innovation through a richer tapestry of skills, life experience and networks.

Inclusion in recruitment

We want our recruitment process to be open and fair for everyone. We encourage all sections of the community to apply for our jobs, as we recognise the value of diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.

A more diverse workforce brings the internal operations and external reality of those operations closer together, identifying opportunities to work differently and better address needs, improving outcomes as well as being a more effective use of resource.

Recruitment and selection is based on an objective application and interview process. You will only be judged on how your experience meets the actual requirements of the job.

We ask you to complete an equality monitoring form when you apply for a job with us and we'll keep your answers strictly confidential at all times. We will not identify individuals, but will use the information for statistical monitoring. This helps us respond to inequality in the workplace and is not a part of the recruitment and selection process.

Our council is a Disability Confident Leader which means we are committed to employing people with disabilities and supporting them throughout their employment with us.

Inclusion in employment

We're committed to providing a working environment where our employees are treated with dignity and respect and are valued for the different skills and abilities they bring into the workplace. Bullying, harassment or anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.

Employee groups

We have equality related employee groups which were established in partnership with Bury CCG, Six Town Housing, Unison and ourselves. The groups' functions are to:

  • act as a support network for employees
  • provide advice and guidance to council services
  • help promote various equality perspectives
  • provide a scrutiny function for council services.

The groups' support four employee groups:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees group
  • Disabled employee group
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employee group
  • Working Carers Hub.

UNISON feels that by forming a partnership in respect of the groups, more employees may feel comfortable to raise issues of concern and participate. UNISON is keen to work with us to eradicate all forms of discrimination and harassment.

All of these groups are available for consultation, provide a scrutiny function for council services, help promote various equality perspectives, provide advice and guidance to council services and act as support networks for employees.

All interested employees can attend employee group meetings in paid work time, subject to operational requirements, regardless of whether or not they are members of any union. Each group has a maximum of six meetings per year, each lasting no longer than 2 hours.