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West Yorkshire Combined Authority

The Combined Authority is at the forefront of creating a more inclusive, creative and sustainable West Yorkshire. 

Our vision is for the region to be recognised as a strong, successful economy where everyone has access to a good job and great quality of life. We work to ensure West Yorkshire has the modern transport it needs to thrive, everyone can enjoy a clean and healthy environment and that the region is a safe and inclusive place to live.  

West Yorkshire is one of the most exciting places to live and work in the country – it is the UKs largest economic area outside London, with a population of over 2.3 million. Our region has a rich cultural heritage, and a diverse geography which offers a modern and inspiring place to live, work and settle down. The region is home to some of the UKs leading industries outside of the capital such as digital technology, healthcare innovation and advanced manufacturing and engineering. 

It's an exciting time to join our organisation. Working with our partners, the Combined Authority recently secured the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal, the biggest of its kind, unlocking £1.8bn of investment for the region. Devolution will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and help deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038. The people of West Yorkshire elected the UKs first ever female Metro-Mayor - Tracy Brabin to represent the region, the mayor is the Chair of the Combined Authority.  

The Combined Authority works across West Yorkshire – which spans Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield - bringing together local councils, businesses and communities to help make the region an even better place to live, work, visit and do business.  

We want our staff to reflect the diverse communities who call West Yorkshire home and to develop talented people who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of people in our region.

 

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Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire works alongside the leaders of the councils in West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield) to help make the region an even better place to live, work, visit and do business

Our Values 

We’ve developed our values to guide the way we operate and do business.

They are:

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Championing our region

  • We have pride in our region and what we do
  • We are all ambassadors and role models
  • We understand how our work contributes to the bigger picture
  • We collaborate with our partners to make the region better


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Easy to do business with

  • We are responsive to customer needs
  • We take ownership and find effective solutions
  • We are courteous and professional at all times
  • We deliver what we say we will and at pace
  • We are open about our decision-making


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Working together

  • We work together to deliver joint solutions
  • We understand the impact that our work has on others
  • We treat each other with respect and celebrate diversity
  • We align our priorities and communicate clearly


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Working intelligently

  • We try new ideas and approaches
  • We take the right steps to succeed
  • We streamline the way we work to add value
  • We work efficiently with the right tools and technology
  • We use all of our resources responsibly and sustainably

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Positive about change

  • We work together as one organisation
  • We embrace change and innovation
  • We welcome challenge and challenge others constructively
  • We are always learning and we nurture talent
  • We have clear direction and leadership
  • We empower decision making

Diversity & Inclusion 

The Combined Authority’s vision is to be a leader recognised nationally for our focus and commitment to EDI.

We celebrate the difference of all the people we serve, work with and employ. The organisation will hold itself to the highest standards in relation to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.

 

 Some of the local area statistics at the time of the 2011 Census:

  • More than 406k (18.2%) of West Yorkshires population identified as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic.
  • In Bradford, twice as many people identify as Asian/British Asian (26.8%) than the England average.
  • 44% of West Yorkshire ethnic minorities live in the most deprived neighbourhoods.
  • More than 1 in 5 working age West Yorkshire residents are disabled (under the Equality Act) or have a work-limiting disability, with numbers significantly higher for women than men (locally & nationally)

We have an intranet hub which is a space dedicated to EDI where colleagues will find information about our current, previous and upcoming work on EDI, including how colleagues and partners across the organisation are working to ensure that we become a more progressively inclusive organisation, for our people, place, region and wider. 

 

EDI Framework

It is recognised that the Combined Authority has some way to go before it meets the vision to be recognised as a national leader on EDI. It is important to start by building a strong foundation with a focus on recovering, rebuilding, and strengthening the organisation in order to achieve longer term, sustainable outcomes. The framework standard that the Combined Authority is working to is the Equality Framework for Local Government which is the standard against which the Combined Authority will be audited.

Benefits at West Yorkshire Combined Authority

List of all the benefits that West Yorkshire Combined Authority are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Education Support
  • 3 days leave a year for Volunteering
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Annual Bus and Rail Travel card across West Yorkshire
  • Healthcare Plans
  • Generous Pension Contribution Scheme
  • Generous Holiday Allowance
  • Ride to Work Scheme
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Employer Funded Professional Subscriptions
  • Remote Working
  • Parental Benefits (inc. Adoption Support)

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