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Staff Networks at HMRC

HMRC has 6 Staff Diversity Networks. They are

  • Carers
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • LGB
  • Transgender
  • Race

 

Plus we have 2 Staff Consultation Groups:

  • Age
  • Religion or Belief

Why have Networks and Consultation Groups

Our Networks and Consultation Groups are about giving staff the opportunity to have a say, get support and contribute to making things better for everyone in HMRC.

They provide us with a forum to discuss concerns and to help eliminate barriers for staff and customers.  

They provide information, notice of job opportunities, development programmes, and awareness raising articles.

They act as a sounding board to identify the impact of change on different groups.

They influence decision-making and business strategies, improving the way we do things.

All of our Networks and Consultation Groups are open to all staff and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

 

How do the Networks / Consultation Groups work?

Each Network has a Chair (or Co Chairs) who is responsible for running the Network.

The Chair leads a Steering Committee made up of people working in offices around the UK.

The Committees meet regularly, sometimes in person but also by Skype or phone conference. They identify key issues raised by members and use them to create an annual action plan.

The Committees report regularly to, and receive support from, the central Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team. 

Each Network has its own intranet pages where people can find information.

There are also online forums so members can keep in touch, share experiences, and ask questions.  

 

Diversity Champions – who are they and what do they do?

Each Network / Consultation Group has a Champion at Executive Committee level and Jon Thompson, our CEO, is the overall Diversity Champion for HMRC.

Our Diversity Champions make sure that diversity issues are discussed at the highest level in the Department.

The Champions support the EDI Team and the Networks in making things better for everyone.

Network Chairs have direct access to their Champion

 

Here’s what members say:

Age: 'It’s always informative to hear the views of both younger and older people on age-related issues'.

Carers: 'Being a member of this Network has helped me appreciate that others too have concerns regarding their elderly parents and it has encouraged me to discuss the matter with my manager – whereas before I would have felt embarrassed'.

Disability: 'Being a disability network member has helped me to understand disability equality issues and how together we can make a difference. It’s great when our views result in changes and improvements. I use assistive technology and enjoy carrying out ‘end user tests’ on new applications, forms and systems. I feel it’s been an important part of my development'.

Gender: 'The Gender Networks played a big part in HMRC being listed as one of the top 50 employers for women'.

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual: 'The LGB network has introduced me to people who have had similar experiences to me and who understand where I’m coming from. Knowing I’m not alone is so empowering'.

Transgender: 'Being a member of the Trans network has helped me develop my self-confidence. I really feel I can achieve something now'.

Religion or Belief: 'The Consultation Group has made me realise that there are others of my faith within HMRC but it has also made me realise that there are many different people of different faith who have also had feelings of isolation at some point'.

Race: 'The network has helped my personal development. I was given an opportunity to lead on communications, which is not an opportunity I would get in my normal job. This has helped me to obtain good competency examples'.

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