Workforce planning is a core business process which aligns changing organisation needs with a people strategy. It can be the most effective activity an organisation can engage in. It can provide market and industry intelligence to help organisations focus on a range of challenges and issues. 

Discover our resources including factsheets and guides, to help you with your workplace planning needs.


Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

3 Factsheets about Workforce planning
Succession planning
Understand what succession planning involves, the link between succession planning and talent management programmes, and the role of people professionals in the process
Workforce planning
Explores the benefits of workforce planning, the activities involved and the stages of the workforce planning process
Job design
Explores the purpose and evolution of job design, its role in creating good work, and assessing job quality.


Designed for practitioners, our guides provide recommendations and advice on how to apply good practice in the workplace.

5 Guides about Workforce planning
Supporting your workforce in a crisis event
Key considerations and resources to help you support your people in exceptional times
Operating in tough economic conditions
Key considerations and resources to help steer your organisation through difficult conditions
Technology use in recruitment and workforce planning
Guidance on how technology can be used responsibly to help manage people
For Members
Strategic workforce planning: Guide for people professionals
Understand what strategic workforce planning is and how to do it
Tips for assessing transferable skills and redeploying
Make use of our top tips on assessing transferable skills and redeploying staff
For Members


Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

4 Reports about Workforce planning
CIPD Good Work Index – Wales
A Wales summary of the CIPD Good Work Index 2023 survey report
Migrant workers and skills shortages in the UK
This report looks at the role of immigration in the context of the post-Brexit skills challenges
Resourcing and talent planning report
Our trend analysis and benchmarking data on recruitment, workforce planning and retention helps HR and employers recruit and retain effectively
Megatrends: Ageing gracefully – the opportunities of an older workforce
This report examines the opportunities afforded by extending working lives as the UK’s ageing population continues to expand

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

1 Thought leadership about Workforce planning
Thought leadership
Protecting young people from unemployment
Lizzie Crowley focuses on how the current pandemic will affect youth employment


Listen to episodes from our podcast series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues.

1 Podcasts about Workforce planning
The many merits of workforce planning
Episode 150: Workforce planning practices can deliver a higher return on investment and offer insights into the future of work


Webinar recordings providing expert guidance

1 Webinars about Workforce planning
CIPD Power Breakfast Panel: Workforce Mobility
Watch the event recording from the live panel discussion held at Raffles Hotel, Singapore, and pick up insights on the latest trends in workforce mobility

Bitesize research

Your regular overview of current research, inspiring insights and cutting-edge ideas in bitesize

1 Bitesize research about Workforce planning
Bitesize research
Reward and Generation Z
Reward preferences of the youngest generation
For Members


We offer a range of evidence-based courses tailored to suit you and your needs.
Our Essential Insights courses are free as part of the CIPD membership.

Strategic Workforce Planning Accredited Programme

Gain expertise in the practical application of critical workforce planning steps for organisational resilience in the ever-changing world of work.

Strategic Workforce Planning Programme

Plan for future workforce requirements and explore how alignment between business processes and people strategy is key to achieving business goals.

Introduction to Strategic Workforce Planning

Explore how to use workforce planning strategically to anticipate the current and future resource requirements your organisation needs to meet its objectives.

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