Equal opportunities policy

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This policy applies to all SQA employees and everyone who applies for posts advertised within SQA.

Purpose

SQA aims to be an equal opportunity employer and will promote the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion. SQA aims to ensure that members of staff and potential members of staff are selected and treated on the basis of merit, ability and potential, regardless of their gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status or other family circumstance, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, creed, disability, political belief, membership of, or activities as part of a trade union, social or economic class, or any other ground not relevant to good employment practice.

Policy

SQA aims to eradicate unfair and discriminatory practices, direct or indirect, however and whenever they occur.

In order to further its policy on equal opportunities, the Scottish Qualifications Authority accepts the following principles and commitments:

Responsibility

The Directors of Human Resources and Organisational Development, in consultation with the trade unions, has the responsibility for the formulation of the relevant policies and for monitoring their implementation. The Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development is responsible for devising and implementing appropriate procedures. Whenever necessary, the Scottish Qualifications Authority will seek the specialist help and advice of appropriate advisory bodies, eg Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and the Disability Rights Commission, in resolving any problem that might arise in the implementation and development of this and related policies. However, personal responsibility for the successful operation of this policy lies with every member of staff of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, particularly those responsible for the recruitment, selection, management and supervision of staff.