Equalities officer

Equalities officers promote practices and attitudes to make sure people from minority groups are treated equally within organisations.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

30 to 40

Future employment

There will be 5% more Equalities officer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • identifying equality issues, introducing new policies and reviewing existing practices
  • working with employers to help them develop a diverse workforce
  • supporting community-based projects and groups
  • promoting equality initiatives and events, like International Women's Week
  • making sure adverts and promotional materials don’t discriminate
  • working with children from ethnic minority backgrounds in schools
  • preparing and delivering training, presentations and workshops

You could do a degree in a relevant subject, like

  • law
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • community studies or youth studies
  • human resources

Employers may accept a degree in any subject but a postgraduate qualification in disability studies, race and ethnic relations, or equality and diversity studies, may also help you.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course


You could get an introduction to this type of work from a relevant college course, like a Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

Volunteering and experience

You'll need practical experience of working in the community. You can get this through:

  • involvement with equality and diversity issues in a student union or trade union
  • volunteering with a local community group, tenants' association or charity
  • working in a related career like housing, regeneration, social work or youth work

Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs if you have relevant work experience as well as knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities issues and legislation.

Experience in human resources, youth and community work or social work may give you an advantage.

Further Information

You may need to qualify as a teacher first if you want to work as an equality and diversity officer in schools.

Some employers will prefer you to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

You can find out more about working as an equalities officer from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

£18,000 to £45,000

Starter salary: £18,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 to £45,000

These figures are a guide.

30 to 40

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

You may need to work in the evenings or at weekends.

You’ll usually be based in an office. 

You may need to travel when visiting community organisations, or going to meetings, workshops and conferences.

With experience, you could become a senior officer and work towards accreditation with the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals.

You could also work as a consultant or move into general management.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • active listening skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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