Crowd of people passing flower stalls outside The Royal Oak pub.
Crowds passing the flower stalls outside The Royal Oak, Bethnal Green, London © Historic England DP170212 Explore more photos
Crowds passing the flower stalls outside The Royal Oak, Bethnal Green, London © Historic England DP170212 Explore more photos

Equality and Diversity

We are an equal opportunities employer and actively promote the benefits of a diverse workforce. Here you can find out more about our policy on equality and diversity.

Valuing diversity

We aim to increase the number and diversity of people who actively engage with, and support, the historic environment and continually look for new ways to promote the past in a way that is inclusive to all and that celebrates the cultural diversity of England's heritage.

These values run through everything that we do. We value diversity amongst our staff and expect everyone to be treated with equal dignity and respect. We also understand that you have a life beyond work: we have family-friendly policies and promote flexible working to ensure that you can balance your work and home life.

We are working hard to improve diversity in our workforce and have a diversity action plan that highlights our main priorities. If you have any questions or suggestions please email the HR team.

Disability Confident Committed

We are committed to the "Disability Confident" standards and are proud to use the Disability Confident badge to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations with us.

In terms of recruitment, this means that we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities. We are also happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to make sure that people are not disadvantaged when applying for and doing their jobs.

We are determined to make sure that:

  • Our workforce reflects the diverse society that it serves 
  • No job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment by reason of age, disability, gender re-assignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, or pregnancy and maternity
  • No job applicant or employee is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements, which cannot be justified by the requirements of the job.

Historic England is a youth friendly employer

Historic England has committed to The Good Youth Employment Charter and is a Youth Friendly Employer. We recognise the importance of the following principles:

  • Creating opportunity – Provide opportunities for young people to gain the skills and experiences they need, through meaningful and good quality experiences of the world of work that raise their aspirations, skills and personal networks.
  • Recognising Talent – Recruit young people based on their ability, talent and potential, recognising they may have limited experience. Ensure young people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups, as well as those young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds or those with additional needs or barriers are not unfairly excluded.
  • Fair Employment – Provide good quality employment opportunities for young people, such as apprenticeships, graduate roles, entry level jobs and supported internships. Offer fair and safe opportunities and rewards in accordance with the highest industry standards.
  • Developing People – Promote the development of all young people through on and off the job training and support so they are motivated to take ownership and responsibility for their careers, and they are equipped to progress.
  • Youth Voice – Listen to young people. Actively provide opportunities for their voice to be heard within a community or organisation.
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