Equality & Diversity - Working for Essex
Everything is built on strong relationships.

Proud to be recognised

We expect everyone who works at Essex County Council to be treated and to treat everyone else with dignity and respect.

We are proud to have been recognised as ‘Excellent’ by the Local Government Association (LGA). We were commended in all five areas of the Equality framework for local government, first awarded to us in 2012.

Our aim is to maintain and exceed the requirements of the public sector duty (Equality Act 2010). And we are now a Disability Confident leader in our community. Essex County County is also developing a Faith Covenant agreement, working jointly with faith leaders and partners to support our communities.

Our workforce

We monitor the make up of our workforce, and listen to feedback through surveys, panels and network groups.

You can find out more about our workforce in our Annual Workforce Equality and Diversity Report 2018-19 and our Gender Pay Gap Report 2018.

We have a range of support networks to support staff and promote change. These include:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Network
  • Disabled Network
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Young Person and Apprentice Network.

Our approach

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. The Equality Act 2010  sets out our duty in this area.

We provide information about how we comply with our equality duties each year and we review our equality objectives at least once every 4 years.


Our services are assessed by the Local Government Association using the Equality Framework for Local Government.

Our last inspection was in June 2019 and we were reaccredited as ‘excellent’.

Accreditations & Awards

Head of Essex Highways Commissioning
Future of Essex
It’s amazing what you can achieve when you are open minded.