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Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Guidance Notes

We aim to provide equality of opportunity to all persons regardless of their religious belief; political opinion; sex; race; age; sexual orientation; or, whether they are married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled; or whether they have undergone, are undergoing or intend to undergo gender reassignment. We are committed to making our selection decision fairly and in accordance with equal opportunities principles. This means that we will not discriminate against applicants unlawfully. You are asked here to provide us with some personal information about yourself. We are doing this to demonstrate our commitment to promoting equality of opportunity in our boards across Northern Ireland. The information that you provide us will assist us to measure the effectiveness of our recruitment process. Your identity will be kept anonymous and your answers will be treated with the strictest confidence. We assure you that your answers will not be used by us to make any unlawful decisions affecting you.

Community Background

Regardless of whether they actually practice a particular religion, most people in Northern Ireland are perceived to be members of either the Protestant or Roman Catholic communities.
Note: 1. If you do not answer the above question, or if you tick the “not a member of either” box, we are encouraged to use the residuary method of making a determination, which means that we can make a determination as to your community background on the basis of the personal information supplied by you in your application form/personnel file. 2. If you answer this question about community background you are obliged to do so truthfully, as it is a criminal offence under the Fair Employment (Monitoring) Regulations (NI) 1999 to knowingly give false answers to these questions.

Disability

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 you are deemed to be a disabled person if you have cancer, multiple sclerosis or HIV infection. Also, you are deemed to be a disabled person if you have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.