We launched the Profession Map in November 2018, following three years of research and consultation with over 19,000 people. With input from members, partners, employers and academics, it’s a practical, evidence-based benchmark for all people professionals, whatever your role, level, specialism or industry.

Solid in its purpose and values, but designed to evolve, we review the Profession Map twice a year to keep our standards relevant and future-fit. We update our standards in response to new priorities, opportunities, specialisms and roles. All our changes are evidence-based, drawing on our research and feedback from the profession and our expert partners.

Latest review

As part of our commitment to keep people professionals future-fit in a fast changing world of work, we review the Profession Map twice a year, with the outcomes shared in June and November. After going through our evidence-based approach to reviewing the Map, we concluded there were no changes necessary in the June 2024 review cycle. 

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Twice a year we review current research, trends and challenges – within our profession and beyond. We consult with key stakeholders and experts. And we validate review findings across our profession. This evidence-based approach gives you confidence that the Profession Map is relevant to your role now and positioned for emerging priorities and opportunities.

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The Profession Map is for everyone in our profession – individuals and teams, members and non-members. Learn more about the Profession Map and how you can use it. 

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