Diversity and inclusion

What we’re doing to make sure we have a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment.

Diversity and inclusion at GDS

Find out what our staff say about the importance of diversity and inclusion.

It’s important to us that we represent the society we serve

We want to have a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment.

To make it happen, we:

  • measure and improve diversity at GDS
  • create an inclusive working environment through our networks
  • embed inclusivity at all levels of GDS, including leadership
  • ensure diversity and representation at all levels
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Respect, collaboration and trust are at the core of our culture. We trust each other to do our best work. We believe in our mission and work for the whole population. We can only do that by being an equitable organisation ourselves.

We believe that diverse teams are better. We are trying to make sure that everyone has a fair and equitable experience of being on the team and progressing in the team.

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Creating an inclusive environment

We have a strong group of networks operating across the organisation, nearly all of which are sponsored by a senior leader.

These networks include:

  • REACH network
  • The mental health and wellbeing network
  • Disability at GDS
  • LGBT+ group
  • GDS introverts network
  • Neurodiversity
  • Social mobility network
  • Women’s network

Our networks challenge everyone in the organisation to think about how we can be more inclusive in every aspect of our work.

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Disability Confident

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

All disabled applicants who apply and meet the essential criteria for the role will be invited to interview.

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We want a place where people can bring their whole best selves to work. Where they really feel like they’re valued for who they are, and never have to hide it.

Tom ReadCEO

A great place to work for veterans

All veterans who apply and meet the minimum criteria for a role will be invited to the next stage of the recruitment process. In most cases that will be an interview, but depending on the role it might be an online test or other assessment.

Read more about the Great Place to Work for Veterans scheme.

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Our mission at GDS

To find out more about what we do, read about our strategy for 2021 to 2024.

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Work with us

Check our current vacancies at GDS on Civil Service Jobs.