Diversity and equality

Treat all colleagues with dignity and respect in an inclusive and fair working environment. Promote equality of opportunity for all, not only within Ofcom but also the sectors we regulate.

At Ofcom we are determined to do all we can to promote diversity and equality inside our organisation and in the wider sectors we regulate.

Diversity and equality are fundamental to Ofcom achieving its organisational purpose of making communications work for everyone. To help us with our work in promoting choice, securing standards and preventing harm, we need to make the best decisions for all UK consumers and citizens. To do this, it is essential that all levels of our organisation are diverse and foster an inclusive culture. We will achieve this by adopting our values:

  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Agility
  • Empowerment

We publicly and regularly report on our commitment, progress and strategic objectives within diversity and equality through our Diversity and Inclusion Programme (PDF, 1.5 MB).

The Diversity and Inclusion Programme explains how diversity and equality are essential to the way we operate, both as an employer and as the UK's communications regulator. It outlines our Action Plan, including a detailed account of our objectives and programme of work.

To help us determine the strategic priorities and objectives within the Diversity and Inclusion Programme we conduct an annual Diversity Report on the profile of Ofcom colleagues and processes.

We monitor our policies and practices extensively through colleague surveys, benchmarking and a biennial equal pay audit. We are members of Business Disability Forum, Business in the community for race, gender and age and Stonewall. These organisations offer benchmarking services which allow us to compare our business processes to industry best practice, and to understand how well we are performing in our activities to promote diversity in employment.

Regular diversity updates are given to the Ofcom Board and Policy Management Board on the progress of various initiatives under the Diversity and Equality work programmes.