A PESTLE analysis studies the key external factors (Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal and Environmental) that influence an organisation. It can be used in a range of different scenarios, and can guide people professionals and senior managers in strategic decision making.

What is a PESTLE analysis and how does it work?

Blank PESTLE template PDF

Blank PESTLE template PDF
PDF document 216.5 KB

Completed PESTLE example PDF

Completed PESTLE example PDF
PDF document 61.6 KB

This factsheet was last updated by Michelle Battista: Learning Community and Content Curator, CIPD

Michelle oversees the CIPD learning communities and the curation and presentation of learning to support professional development. 

Related content

Podcasts
Is a transactional attitude to work problematic?

Work for many has become simply a means of income. If this means disengagement with the employer’s purpose or values, then what?

Case studies
Transforming the HR operating model: Homebase

A case study on moving to a lean, strategic HR model that operates more efficiently to support business objectives

Thought leadership
HR operating models

Our series on current practices, future models and successful transformations

Case studies
Transforming the HR operating model: Peabody

A case study on developing strategic partners, aligning teams, increasing data analytics skill, and transitioning the L&D team into an internal academy

Explore our other factsheets

Factsheets
Stress in the workplace

Learn how to identify the signs of stress and address stress at work

For Members
Factsheets
Job evaluation and market pricing

Understand the fundamentals, as well as how to choose and install the right scheme for your organisation

For Members
Factsheets
Wellbeing at work

Understand the links between work, health and wellbeing, and the role of stakeholders in adopting an organisational approach to employee wellbeing

For Members
Factsheets
Health and safety at work

Outlines employers’ health and safety obligations in the UK

For Members
Factsheets