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What is an ARTICLE 55 review? Is your company ARTICLE 55 is compliant?

An article 55 review is a review of the composition of your workforce and of your employment practices.

Protecting your company from risk and promoting diversity begins in knowing where you are with fair participation and workforce structure.

All registered employers (companies with 11 employees and above) must conduct a review at least once every three years.

The purpose of an Article 55 Review is to:

  • determine whether members of the Protestant and Roman Catholic communities are enjoying, and are likely to continue to enjoy, fair participation in employment
  • take affirmative action if fair participation is not being secured by members of the Protestant and Catholic communities
  • set goals and timetables as part of affirmative action
  • take account of the guidance in the Fair Employment Code of Practice(pdf)


In order to set aside your legal necessity to complete your article 55 review, your company needs to ensure growth and development into a wide demographic, multicultural and diverse marketplace. This is often reliant on reflecting on your team around you.

Completing Article 55 is easier if you have in place the data capture tools. HRLocker provides a package with Fair Employment Monitoring. The module allows you to:

  • Provide easy-to-access data on your team’s community background and catchment areas to allow you to make the evaluations within the comparator ranges.
  • Track that elusive information on recruitment, shortlisting, promotions, leavers, transfers and your equality of opportunity.
  • Provide support with training requests, training needs and training plans.
What is an ARTICLE 55 review? Is your company ARTICLE 55 is compliant? was last modified: September 27th, 2023 by Jenny Martin

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