Attracting a modern workforce

The Council has undertaken a lot of work to enhance recruitment and retention, however there is more which can be done, building on nationally recognised approaches such as value propositions, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) concept of Good work which is

  • is fairly rewarded
  • gives people the means to securely make a living
  • gives employees the voice and choice they need to shape their working lives
  • should be accessible to all
  • is affected by a range of factors, including HR practices

Our Commitment was launched as an extension to the vision, values and behaviours setting out what employees can expect of the organisation and in return what the organisation can expect of its employees – an important part of our employer value proposition.

View Our Commitment

Pay and Reward

We will do all that we can to attract and retain people with the right values to work at East Riding of Yorkshire Council by making sure that a fair and attractive pay and reward strategy is in place, which is economically viable, reflecting our corporate and social responsibilities.

Find out more about our programme of work, known as the total pay and reward strategy.

Recruitment and retention

We are rewriting and refocussing our people policies and practices to maximise opportunities to recruit and retain the best staff. Our employer value proposition (EVP) will set out a unique set of benefits which our employees receive in return for the skills, attributes and experience they bring. This will have a positive impact on recruiting and retaining by engaging employees and encouraging loyalty.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

In order to ensure that we achieve our Vision of an East Riding where Everyone Matters, we need to further understand and respond to challenges around inclusivity. Research indicates that employees, especially those from more diverse backgrounds and working parents, are struggling with pandemic-related challenges. Promoting and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management. An inclusive environment is recognising that everyone matters and feels able to participate and achieve their potential. While UK legislation, covering age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation among others, sets minimum standards, our ambitions move us far beyond legal compliance to ensure we achieve wider benefits.

We commit to ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in everything we do.

Leaders have the opportunity to build a more equitable and inclusive workplace that will strengthen their organisations far beyond COVID-19 and to prepare for factors set to have a long term disproportionate impact on diverse populations. Areas of focus will need to include:

  • mental health
  • support for working parents
  • support for employees who are carers
  • remote workers and social interaction.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum – Promoting an age-inclusive workforce

Over 180 people joined our most recent staff forum - Promoting an Age-inclusive Workplace.

It was the sixth in our series of quarterly two-way staff forums. The forums involve listening to speakers about an important topic and then having an opportunity to contribute to the conversation in breakout groups.

This time we considered age inclusivity. We want to ensure that everyone has a rich and fulfilling journey at every stage of their working life. The focus was on ageing better and planning for retirement which are important at any age. We heard about what we can do at an organisational and individual level, with presentations from:

The Centre for Ageing Better

Live Well Work Well

We also learned about the flexible retirement policy.

As well as how we can plan for retirement with a presentation from Affinity Connect who are commissioned by East Riding Pensions to provide retirement planning courses:

ERPF Member Events - Affinity Connect presentation

Thank you to everyone who attended and in particular, those who presented and those who contributed to the success of the breakout groups. There were lots of questions asked in the breakout groups, we will be publishing answers to those and the questions asked in the group chat in due course. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you can watch the presentation on Youtube:

We would encourage everyone to watch it. If you have any comments or questions after watching it, please send them to

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Fri 16 Sep

Fourth Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) forum

On 14 March 2022, the latest in a series of Equality Diversity and Inclusion Forums took place - 'Understanding and valuing equality, diversity, and inclusion'. Managers and staff took the time out to develop their understanding of people with diverse needs in our workforce and heard authentic and inspiring perspectives from our colleagues in the LGBT+, disability, veteran, and faith communities. The event was really well attended and for those of you who couldn't make it, you can watch the presentation on Youtube:

EDI Forum Understanding and Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

East Riding of Yorkshire Council equalities champion, Paul Bellotti, commented: "On behalf of the council's Corporate Management Team we are really interested in how we can best create and foster a workplace where there is fairness and mutual respect amongst us all. I highly recommend that everyone listens to the recording of this forum."

Mon 14 Mar

Third Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) forum

In December, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion forum, ‘Supporting Employees who are Carers’, was attended by about 100 people. The aim of the forum was to develop our understanding of issues facing employees who are carers, to promote existing resources, and to develop our thinking about what we can do differently in the future to support our vision, ‘Your East Riding, Where Everyone Matters’. We heard from Kat Wilson, Head of Employers for Carers about the support and resources they can provide if you’re a carer or if you’re a manager of a carer. You can access these resources by registering at and using our unique Membership Number: EFC2601. We also heard from Elaine Holtby, the East Riding Carers Support Service Team Manager about the services they offer to carers.

We piloted a new format for the forum to enable it to be more interactive and enabling the use of break out rooms to consider different topics. Feedback from the session included:

  • “Thank you so much for doing this. It’s a relief to know that help, advice and support will be there when needed, as combining caring with work and knowing what services I can access has been a big worry”
  • “Thank you so much everyone the session has been so informative and engaging”
  • “Thank you - brilliant and really helpful”.

Watch the presentations from the forum on YouYube

Wed 15 Dec

Second Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) forum

In October this year, we held our second Equality, Diversity and Inclusion forum, which focussed on how to develop a healthy workplace culture. Continuing to build a healthy organisation is a vitally important part of delivering our vison of 'Your EastRiding, Where Everyone Matters'.

The panel comprised Caroline Lacey (Chief Executive), Lynsey Linton (Head of People Services), Caroline Hunt (UNISON) and Jo Shores (Organisation Development and Inclusion Manager). The forum was well-attended, with nearly 200 people helping to inform our thinking, and over 100 questions and suggestions were put forward.

Speaking about the forum, Caroline Lacey, Chief Executive at East Riding Council said: 'It was great to hear from such a large number of staff, and also fantastic that people took the time to be involved with the forum, the suggestions and feedback have been very useful. I would encourage anyone with caring responsibilities to take part in the next forum as we are really keen to gather views from across our workforce.'

View questions and answers from the second EDI forum

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum – Financial Inclusion

On 15 June 2022, the Financial Inclusion staff forum focused on the help and support available to all staff facing challenging financial times as the cost of living crisis starts to bite. Staff found out about the support available from the council as well as from external organisations. The event was really well attended with over 100 staff taking part on the day. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you can watch the presentation on the council’s YouTube channel here:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum – Financial Inclusion

Experts from the Money and Pensions Service, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Hull and East Yorkshire Credit Union, as well as council officers, gave advice and support as staff deal with the increase in household bills and the rising cost of fuel and food prices. It provided vital information for everyone from those who are currently managing financially but are concerned about the future, those who are, or may be approaching financial crisis point and those who may be supporting family or friends with their finances.

Many people took the opportunity to ask questions or make comments during the session. We answered a number on the day, but agreed to share all questions and provide answers after the event.

View questions and answers from the Financial Inclusion Forum

Tue 26 Jul

First Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) forum

The council held its first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) forum on 22 July 2021 which nearly 70 people attended.

The forum gave us the opportunity to share the organisation's workforce ambitions in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion, and explain how these are embedded in our People Strategy.

Many people took the opportunity to ask questions or make comments during the session. We answered a number on the day, but agreed to share all questions and provide answers after the event. As you will see there were quite a lot! We have also reviewed the comments and points made and used them to update our proposed EDI action plan.

View questions and answers from the EDI forum

View the updated actions from the EDI forum

View dates of EDI forums 2021-2022

View dates of Equality events 2022

Thu 22 Jul

Equality Monitoring - Frequently-asked Questions

Please download the equality monitoring FAQs to find out more. The council wants to ensure that all employees have the opportunity to work in a safer and welcoming environment where they are allowed to fulfil their potential free from discrimination.

In order to do this, the council needs to measure diversity amongst its employees to ensure policies, processes and systems are fair and equitable.

All staff are now being asked to take part in equality monitoring, which should be completed by 31 March, 2022.

Equalities data collation FAQ v6


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