Good work matters to all of us – wherever we are and whatever we do. It demands consistency from government legislation and from industry’s response across the UK.  

Our team in England harnesses the expertise of our professional community and our partners. We share our views on UK-wide public policy and respond to the government’s approach to employment policy and legislation. And we develop our research to provide insight into the labour market and working lives of people in England. 

What we’re working on

Our public policy priorities in England include regional good work initiatives and skills policy development, careers advice and guidance, reform of the Apprenticeship Levy, and business support for SMEs. We collaborate to give policy-makers and employers the evidence and guidance they need to tackle these big issues. 

In our response to the UK government’s Levelling Up White Paper, we called for a long-term and stable approach to skills policy and for stronger partnerships, particularly between business support and skills providers, to tackle local challenges in a joined-up way. 

We continue to work across our regions to make good and fair work a reality through local charters and standards, sharing resources for organisations keen to be recognised as a good employer. 

How we’re making progress

We influence public policy in England in many ways. Through discussion with key stakeholders in government, business and public life. By responding to consultations. And by sharing our expert view in the media. 

We can make the biggest difference when our policy recommendations are shaped by local partners and relevant to local needs. We do this by harnessing the insights of our professional community. And we host networking and learning events to share evidence and good practice. 

Influencing public policy

How we influence government policy and legislation to bring about better work and working lives

Skills policy in the North of England: recommendations for 'levelling up'

We explore the reforms needed to improve workforce productivity in Northern England

Productivity and place: the role of LEPs

Investigates the extent to which Local Enterprise Partnerships in England understand and are putting in place policies and programmes to address skills demand and use

CIPD wins UK government funding to test impact of HR support on small firms

Ben Willmott introduces the CIPD’s government-funded pilot scheme to test the impact of free HR support for small businesses in Birmingham

CIPD hosts event in House of Commons to emphasise role HR has to play in supporting SMEs

We showcased the findings of our ‘People Skills’ report into raising people management capability in SMEs

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How you can
get involved

Help us champion better work by joining our UK public policy forum or our Northern England policy forum.

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Who we're working with in England


Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We collaborate with Acas on various activities and events as the organisation shares our purpose of championing better work and working lives. We have produced collaborative guidance to upskill line managers known as Soft Skills in Hard Times. Most recently we collaborated to deliver a Good Employment Summit with Northern Metro Mayors, which explored how employers can create better work and working lives.

Greater London Authority

Our partnership with the Mayor of London and his team launched the Good Work Standard. This voluntary benchmarking scheme measures participating businesses against criteria including fair pay, working conditions, employee wellbeing, the availability of skills training, progression and diversity in recruitment.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Our partnership with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and his team led to the promotion and adoption of their Good Employment Charter. It sets a high bar for recruitment and employment standards that deliver equality, fair pay, and a positive and productive workplace.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Working closely with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority led to the development of their Fair Employment Charter. It promotes and supports good and fair work through its four key objectives of ensuring healthy, fair, inclusive and just work and workplaces.

North of Tyne Combined Authority

We are working with the Metro Mayor of North of Tyne to develop the Good Work Pledge to make poor employment a thing of the past and good work the norm. We will continue to work with the North of Tyne Combined Authority to support and grow the Good Work Pledge, enabling its members to access learning, networking opportunities, and support in the pursuit of good work and sustainability.

Pro Manchester

Pro Manchester is a Greater Manchester Business Community and the largest business development organisation in the North West. We are part of a network of close to 300 members, and sit on Pro Manchester’s Skills Committee, where we provide a wealth of insight and experience to help raise awareness of, and improve, skills gaps in the region.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

We are working with the Mayor of West Yorkshire to develop the West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter which is dedicated to levelling-up across West Yorkshire by encouraging good pay, fair and flexible working conditions, and promoting diversity and social mobility within the workforce. We will continue to work with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to support its charter and its ambitious standard for fair work in the region.

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