MHA is working to ensure that our services and workplaces are an enjoyable environment for everyone

Ethnicity and our workforce 2022-2023

MHA provides services in some of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United Kingdom. We're proud to be part of the communities that are rich in ethnicity and cultural diversity. However, we recognise that every day, across the globe, ethnicity (or Race) can influence how a person is treated and can often lead to discrimination, bullying, and harassment.

We are working to ensure that our services and workplaces are an enjoyable environment for all employees and those that come into contact with our services.

The number of ethnic minority employees at MHA is 1591 which represents 23.5% of the workforce. The number of ethnic minority employees has been increasing over the last year as follows: December 2022 – 1449, 1391 in September 2022 and 1228 in February 2022. The proportion of ethnic minorities stood at 20.3% in June 2022. 


The ethnic minority workforce has increased over the last year from 19.2% in March 2022 to the current 23.5%. This compares to just under 25% of the ethnic minority profile for England and Wales (Census 2022). 


There has also been an improvement in the proportion of staff who are declaring their ethnicity as part of our workforce monitoring. The proportion of the “Not Stated” in the ethnicity category has dropped from 36.5% (the previous financial year to 32.3% this year. 


Positive Action

MHA acknowledges that Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are underrepresented at certain levels in the workforce.

Underrepresentation at all levels is one of the target areas that MHA is looking to address as part of any Positive Action initiatives. The Equality Act 2010 allows for the use of 'positive action’ in specific circumstances to address workforce underrepresentation.  

What is positive action?

Positive action is where an organisation utilises a number of initiatives designed to counteract the effects of past discrimination. However positive action does NOT guarantee that anyone of a specific background will gain employment. 

Race for Change staff & volunteer network

Race for Change is our staff and volunteer network that supports MHA in advancing race equality. It is a strong network of approximately 30 members, chaired by Tracy Campbell who is supported by Nicci Jones as the Vice-Chair.

The network work to educate colleagues, celebrate festivals/cultural events and strives to make changes within the organisation. 

Useful links

The following links will give you access to a number of leading organisations whose work in promoting race-related equality is recognised either at a national or local level.  

Equality and Human Rights Commission 

More about MHA equality and diversity

Equality & Diversity

Equality & Diversity

At MHA, we’re dedicated to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation across the UK.

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