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Cruze Foggo, Scenic Metalwork Apprentice © ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke, 2015
Cruze Foggo, Scenic Metalwork Apprentice © ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke, 2015

Diversity and Inclusion

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At the Royal Opera House our people are as varied as the jobs they do and we think this difference is one of our strengths. The one thing we all have in common is a commitment to excellence. So we are all different, but the same: electricians, scene-movers, apprentices, armourers, wig-makers, fundraisers, digital and technology professionals, ushers, performers.

We value our people and believe it is in the best interests of the Royal Opera House to recognise their talents and develop their potential along their chosen career path. Everyone has a right to be treated with respect and we are committed to providing a harmonious working environment with equality and opportunity for all.

To find the best people and encourage them to join us we operate a fair and transparent selection and recruitment process. Equality, diversity, and inclusion are integral to our role as a national arts’ organisation and we seek, particularly, to employ people with talent and skill currently under-represented in the workplace.

If you feel that you have what it takes, our doors are open. The next step is yours. We look forward to welcoming you.

Committed to Inclusion

enei: The Royal Opera House is a member of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei), which is the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion in the workplace.

Stonewall:The Royal Opera House is a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme – Britain's leading employers' forum on sexual orientation and gender identity, working to develop inclusive workplace cultures.  This year we took part in the Workplace Equality Index and are proactively working with Stonewall to become a more inclusive and welcoming organization.

The Royal Opera House is a Disability Confident Employer

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
  • At least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people.
Shape Arts and Unity Works

Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation working to provide opportunities and support for disabled artists, as well as disabled individuals wanting to work in the arts and cultural sector. The Royal Opera House has been working with Shape Arts to encourage greater inclusiveness and to better develop confidence in working with disabled people for a number of years.

The Camden Society – now known as Unity Works – runs services across London and Oxfordshire. With a reputation for creativity, innovation and enterprise they generate new opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve greater equality. The Royal Opera House recently began working with the Camden Society on becoming more disability confident and providing support for young disabled people to get into work.

Employment Programmes

We are also working with a number of organisations offering employment support such as the Cross River Partnerships Recruit London Programme, The Prince's Trust, Westminster Works and number of local Job Centres in Lambeth, Southwark and Thurrock to support local unemployed people into work and provide the opportunity to develop fulfilling careers.

Diversity Profile Monitoring

The Royal Opera House is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on a person’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity status, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We actively encourage people from diverse backgrounds to join our teams and value the positive impact that difference has on our work. We particularly encourage applications from people that are currently underrepresented in the Performing Arts and at the Royal Opera House including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and disabled people.

We will ask you to complete a diversity profile monitoring form with your application. We understand that people may be concerned about sharing personal information with an organisation and that there may be uncertainty about where this information might end up. You are not obliged to complete the form. However please be assured that the information collected is kept entirely confidential and retained only in the Human Resources department. Equality and diversity reporting is not attributable to individuals and the hiring panel will never see this information.

Monitoring the diversity profile of applicants for our jobs at every stage of the recruitment process allows us to review and monitor our processes and make sure we are being fair and equitable throughout.

For more information on why monitoring is important, see Stonewall’s What’s It Got To You With You?

If you have any queries or concerns about this process please email the HR team