London’s diversity is its biggest asset and we try to make sure our workforce reflects this diversity at every level. We also want to make sure that our workforce takes pride in what they do. Find out how we are doing this.
Diversity and our values
Our approach to equality
We want City Hall to be a workplace where every employee is treated with respect, and where there is no bullying or harassment. For example:
- we encourage and support different equality groups, who do everything possible to stop discrimination
- we have a general duty to promote equality through our policies and initiatives
- all staff attend a course to understand what diversity and inclusion means within their role, and how to challenge unsuitable behaviour at work
- we take accusations of bullying and harassment very seriously. We look into all complaints quickly, fairly and in strict confidence. If the complaints are backed up, we will take disciplinary action
This dignity at work policy has the full support of the Mayor, Assembly, Head of Paid Service, senior management team and UNISON.
Find out more information about our commitment to equality.
Our commitment to equality
The GLA staff charter
Our staff charter outlines the values of the Greater London Authority at City Hall. It describes what we commit to as an organisation and what is expected of our staff. These commitments cover:
- leadership and accountability
- fairness and integrity
Code of ethics
Our staff are expected to meet the highest standards of conduct. These are set out in
our Code of Ethics and Standards for Staff, which includes:
- being professional, politically impartial, respecting confidentiality and complying with the law
- using public money efficiently and effectively
- promoting equal opportunities and stopping discrimination
- meeting high performance standards
- fair treatment and disciplinary and grievance procedures
- a healthy and safe working environment
Our values are also embedded within our competency framework, which outlines the behaviours that are needed for our organisation to perform effectively. This framework forms the basis of how we manage people: recruitment and selection, performance management and development.
Why we support fair pay
We have conducted studies on the impact of fair pay policies on business.
These studies found clear evidence that employers who supported fair pay (such as paying the London Living Wage) benefited in many ways. They benefited with better recruitment, holding on to staff, improved morale, motivation, productivity and the reputation of being an ethical employer.
You can view the current salary bands in our GLA salary scale.
Reporting our diversity
We produce large amounts of information every year on equality in our workforce. These reports:
- provide statistics about our employees and our recruitment
- recommend initiatives to make sure improvements are made
- help to update existing HR policies or inform new ones
- are updated every six months
The reports are presented to the GLA Oversight Committee. You can view them in our governance section, under Workforce reports.
Diversity and Inclusion Management Board
Making sure we have a diverse, fair and inclusive workforce is an important goal for us. We have set up a Diversity and Inclusion Management Board to make sure this happens. Its job is to:
- lead on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion
- make recommendations on strategy, policy and best practice
- promote inclusion activities in line with our corporate vision and values
- make sure the aims from the Mayor’s Inclusive London strategy are being achieved
The taskforce has a clear agenda, outlined in the Diversity and Inclusion work programme. Senior representatives from across City Hall are responsible for this, with support from HR and in partnership with colleagues from Unison, our LGBT+, BAME and women’s networks.
Diversity and Inclusion Action Standard
To make sure there is a consistent approach to workforce diversity and inclusion across the GLA Group, we have developed a set of common practices and standards called the Diversity and Inclusion Action Standard. Find out more.
The GLA is a Disability Confident - Committed employer, working towards a truly inclusive and accessible workplace and culture for our disabled staff.