Workforce Race Equality Standard

What is the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)?

An annual audit where NHS organisations track and progress their performance to improve workforce race equality, using 9 indicators. 

Aims of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

  • To enable organisations to compare their performance with others in their region and those providing similar services.
  • To encouraging improvement by learning and sharing good practice.
  • To provide a national picture of WRES in practice, to colleagues, organisations and the public on the developments in the workforce race equality agenda

For more information watch the NHS England WRES video.

What are the 9 indicators?

1: Percentage of staff in each of the Agenda for Change (AfC) bands 1 - 9 and VSM (including executive board members) compared with the percentage of staff in the overall workforce.

2: Relative likelihood of white applicants being appointed from short listing compared to BME applicants

3: Relative likelihood of BME staff entering the formal disciplinary process compared to white staff

4: Relative likelihood of white staff accessing non–mandatory training and continuous professional development (CPD) compared to BME staff

5: Percentage of BME staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from patients, relatives or the public in the last 12 months

6: Percentage of staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from staff in the last 12 month

7: Percentage of staff believing that their trust provides equal opportunities for career progression or promotion

8: In the last 12 months have you personally experienced discrimination at work from a manager, team leader or other colleagues?

9: Percentage difference between the organisations’ board voting membership and its overall workforce

View the NHSBT Workforce Race Equality Standard Report – 2020. You can also view the NHS WRES data analysis report for arm's length bodies.