Diversity

Bristol has long been a diverse city and is becoming ever more diverse. This is one of its great strengths. The population of Bristol has become increasingly diverse, and some local communities have changed significantly. There are now at least 45 religions, at least 187 countries of birth, and at least 91 main languages spoken.

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the city we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic, and disabled candidates who are currently under-represented within the Bristol City Council workforce. Appointments will be made on merit.

Securing the benefits of Bristol’s diversity by being a more inclusive organisation will help the Council to:

  • be more creative,
  • make decisions that are informed by different points of view,
  • know our communities well and listen to them more closely,
  • design, commission and deliver the most effective possible services,
  • make the best use of our resources.

For this and all of our recruitment we want to attract innovative and talented individuals who can help us achieve this vision. We want people who share our values and commitment to serve the city, its communities, and citizens.

We pride ourselves on growing a workforce that is talented, diverse, and motivated that represents the community it serves. As a diverse City, we want a leadership team to match. As such, we’re open to a range of unique talent and experiences. If you have the right approach, leadership potential and transferable skills then we want to hear from you.

While these are senior local government roles, we’re keen to hear from people with lived experience, those looking to step up in their career as well as those with transferable experience currently working in aligned sectors. Your leadership, approach and focus on services are what’s important here in Bristol.

It’s a great time to join us. We became the first major city to publish reports on ethnicity and disabled employees pay gaps, as well as the required gender pay gap report. We're now changing and improving our equality, diversity and inclusion performance and embedding positive practices into everything we do.

We are also committed to development and run various positive action initiatives. Should our approach to diversity and inclusion resonate with you then we will support you to be successful. You will be supported with mentoring and coaching as well as the opportunity to attend the ADASS/ADCS Director Leadership Programme. We will also provide you with the opportunity take up the Aspirant Chief Executive Programme after a period of successful performance at Executive Director level.

There’s no single professional route into this role. Perhaps you work or have worked in local government, or maybe your career has been in the third sector, the NHS, Education, property, housing or another part of the public sector. What’s vital is that you understand Bristol's agenda and the services we provide, can demonstrate how you’ve led in similar roles and achieved good outcomes, and can show us how you’ll do the same here in Bristol.

We are a values led organisation. We’re investing in changes and improvements to recruitment, strategies and leadership that lead to increased diversity and inclusion in the council’s workforce. At Bristol we work together to make sure that everyone feels they belong, has a voice and an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive. We proactively and intentionally improve equality and inclusion across the city by designing it into everything that we do.