JSNA - Demographics and population

Equality and Diversity

Picture of a diverse population

The Isle of Wight Council is required by law to publish the data it collects on the protected characteristics of its workforce, and of its community. The Local Government Equality Duty (as set out in the Equality Act 2010) has set a clear expectation that each year the data collected by local authorities is refreshed and published in order that the local community has access to this information.

The nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 are gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, and gender reassignment. It will come as no surprise to anyone that one of the key features of the island is that the numbers of our older population are higher than across our comparators, or that we are less ethnically diverse than in other regions. You may find other interesting features here as well as the challenges we sometimes face to capture information to give a current and in depth picture of our whole community.


Equality & Diversity

(Published February 2020) (External website link)

This Power BI report explores the Island’s ‘diversity’. The characteristics of diversity (as defined in the Equality Bill 2010) on the Isle of Wight are discussed, including; Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Religion, Disability, Transgender Status, Sexual Orientation and Pregnancy & Maternity, as well as Marriage & Civil Partnerships.



Isle of Wight Council Workforce Profile This link takes you to the detailed breakdown of the equality and diversity make-up of the Isle of Wight Council workforce.