Providing diversity information in your application form helps the JAC to monitor progress against the equality objectives.
It is also used in situations where the equal merit provision is applicable.
Monitoring diversity progress
This data is used in an anonymous form in order to:
- uncover unfairness, discrimination or disadvantage in the JAC’s processes
- highlight inequalities
- explore the underlying causes
Accurate data allows the JAC to concentrate on finding solutions and making appropriate improvements, rather than using guesswork and assumptions.
The anonymous data is also published as part of the Official Statistics.
Equal merit provision
If the equal merit provision policy is applied, the JAC will rely on the diversity data provided in your application form.
The information you provide on diversity will not, under any other circumstances, play a part in the selection process.
If you do not provide this data, it will not be possible for the JAC to decide whether the equal merit provision should apply to you.
Educational background data allows the JAC to better understand the background and diversity of candidates and to ensure that selection processes are fair.
The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has recommended that government and employers should collect data on the social background of new and existing post holders.
Data on educational background is already collected across the legal profession.
Completion rates will be monitored before the JAC considers whether to publish the data (in anonymous form) as part of the Official Statistics.
More about the JAC’s equality and diversity policies
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