DE&S is committed to embracing diversity: it is one of our core values. Irrespective of gender, marital status, race, religion, age, disability and without reference to social background or sexual orientation, DE&S operates an inclusive environment to allow you to develop your career.

Whether uniformed or civilian, we expect the attitudes of our people to reflect our approach to diversity by:

  • fostering a working environment where all staff feel comfortable, welcomed and valued for their contributions,
  • promoting a workplace that values dignity, respect and fairness,
  • promoting high standards of behaviour and complying with the law by creating equality of opportunity.

To demonstrate our commitment, we are members of Stonewall, Race for Opportunity, Opportunity Now, The Employers Forum on Disability, The Employers Forum on Age, and we are also affiliated to a:gender.

Awards and Recognition

Stonewall – 2014 Most Improved Employer of the Year www.stonewall.org.uk.

The Ministry of Defence is Stonewall’s Most Improved Employer 2014. This award is given to the employer who makes the greatest improvement against the Workplace Equality Index criteria in the previous 12 months.

Jon Thompson"One of my key aims as a leader is to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to perform at their very best. People are more productive, creative, loyal and successful when they can truly be themselves at work. Winning this award shows that we have taken meaningful action to address our working cultures in order to unlock the full potential of our people by recognising the strength of their diversity."
Jon Thompson. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence


How DE&S promotes equality

DE&S has a number of active equality networks that regularly bring together staff from different backgrounds.

We draw on the activities of the wider Civil Service to promote diversity in our workforce in a number of ways including the Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme.

Measuring Progress

The MOD as a whole regularly publishes statistics on the representation of different groups within the organisation.