At various times during your career with us, we will ask you to provide us with information about yourself, starting with the recruitment process. You may be familiar by now with the different areas that we ask about, including your ethnicity, whether or not you have a disability, your religion and your sexual orientation.

You may wonder why we ask these questions and may even be a trifle put out about them.

We want to assure you that we ask these questions for good reasons, always with a view to being as diverse and inclusive as we can be. One of our objectives is to be an employer of choice, to recruit, retain and promote the best people, whatever their background. We also aim to reflect the society in which we live, which is very diverse.

Ensuring equal representation

That means we need to know who is in our workforce, right from the point of recruitment, so that we can quickly make adjustments if we find ourselves under-representative of certain groups. For example, if only men were being recruited, or only straight, white people got to go on our training courses, or only non-disabled people were being promoted, you would be right in thinking that we weren’t a very good employer and that we were very unfair – and you would be right!

Some groups tend to be more disadvantaged in society so that sometimes we have to work extra hard to ensure that we reach out to communities that are traditionally under-represented.

Once you join us you will see that monitoring also allows us to gauge how satisfied you are with working for us; there will be several ways in which you will be able to let us know how you feel about being a Clarion Housing Group member of staff, and we will always act on your feedback.

We urge you, therefore, to complete the monitoring form to help us to continually improve. We will, of course, keep your information confidential and, please rest assured that at no time will be it used to make our decision about whether or not to employ you.