The policy and practice of Shield Security Screening Bureau requires that all staff are afforded equal opportunities within employment and that entry into employment with Shield Security and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of his or her sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, racial group, or disability.
Shield Security welcomes diversity amongst its staff and seeks to ensure that all candidates for employment are treated fairly, and that selection is based solely on the individual merits of candidates and on selection criteria relevant to the post. In pursuance of this aim and of its statutory duties, Shield Security, as an employer committed to the principle of equality of opportunity, will adhere to the following procedure in the conduct of the recruitment and selection process for all posts.
Selection criteria for all posts will be clearly defined and reflected in the further particulars sent to candidates, which will also include details of Shield Security’s commitment to equality of opportunity. Job qualifications or requirements which would have the effect of inhibiting applications from members of particular groups, such as those of one sex, persons of a particular marital status or sexual orientation, persons of a particular racial group, or those with a disability, will not be demanded or imposed except where they are justifiable in terms of the job to be done. (For the purposes of this code, ‘racial group’ means a group of persons defined by reference to colour, race, nationality, or ethnic or national origins.)
Job advertisements will be widely publicised so as to encourage applications from a broad range of suitable candidates from all backgrounds. All job advertisements state the company’s commitment to equality of opportunity by including a footnote or final note indicating this.
All those handling applications and conducting interviews must be aware of the principles of the Sex Discrimination Act, the Race Relations Act, the Disability Discrimination Act, and other relevant legislation. All candidates will be compared objectively with the selection criteria, and all applications will be processed in the same way. Information sought from candidates and passed to those responsible for appointments will relate only to the qualifications for or requirements of the job.
Wherever suitably qualified persons are available, there will be at least one member of each sex on the bodies responsible for shortlisting, interviewing, and making or recommending an appointment.