• When lockdown measures ease, trust-based employment relations will be key to an organisation's response

    By Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy at CIPD.

    As UK businesses wait to see the UK Government’s employer guidance on working safely when lockdown measures are eased, they should also prepare for the biggest employment relations challenge they have ever faced.   

    The guidance will aim to set out how organisations can gradually and safely return employees to the workplace after lockdown and is likely to cover a range of important…

    • 6 May 2020
  • Resourcing and the impact of COVID-19

    By Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser at CIPD. 

    The Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey is now live…

    The impact of the coronavirus means that the way organisations resource and plan their workforce is changing rapidly. The CIPD in partnership with Omni’s Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey is now live and we would like to hear how your organisation is being impacted and responding to these challenging…

    • 30 Apr 2020
  • The new normal, whatever that is

    By Adrian Wakeling, Senior Policy Advisor, Acas 

    It's a cliché but when this is over, I'll never, EVER take anything for granted again …we thought we were awake, but we were truly sleepwalking” 

    These are the words of the novelist Joanna Cannon, writing on Twitter. If we needed a wake-up call for the way we value each other at work and the way we reach out to offer support to the most v…

    • 27 Apr 2020
  • A more flexible furlough scheme could help employers manage through uncertainty

    By Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy

    The announcement that the Government’s Job Retention Scheme is to be extended until at least the end of June is extremely welcome but leaves considerable uncertainty about what happens then.

    Friday’s announcement came just the day before collective redundancy consultations would have had to be triggered in many organisations if the JRS had ended on 31 May as initially scheduled…

    • 22 Apr 2020
  • Write to your MP: how independent practitioners can call for greater support from government during the COVID-19 crisis

    Author: Paddy Smith, Public Affairs Manager

    Over the past month the Government has announced its interventions to support businesses and workers through the COVID-19 crisis. These have included loans and financial support through the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the Job Retention Fund.

    As is usually the case with government schemes − however well-intentioned and particularly when programmes have to be devised…

    • 22 Apr 2020
  • Supporting employees as domestic abuse concerns grow in COVID-19 lockdown period

    By Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser at CIPD. 

    One of several health, well-being and safety concerns relating to the impact of COVID-19 and the current period of isolation and lockdown, is that incidences of domestic abuse are likely to increase and that escape routes could be cut off. 

    Last week the National Domestic Abuse helpline, run by charity Refuge, reported a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lo…

    • 14 Apr 2020
  • COVID-19 and the labour market

    By Ian Brinkley, former chief economist, CIPD 

    There is no doubt that unemployment will rise a lot and employment will fall due to COVID-19The extent will not be known for some months, until the employment statistics catch up, though some business activity surveys confirm a rapid decline and applications for universal credit have soared 

    One speculative article has suggested unemployment could reach 20%,1 but a report suggests that net job…

    • 14 Apr 2020
  • Why occupational health is so important during a crisis

    By Nick Pahl, CEO Society of Occupational Medicine.

    Our lives have seen massive change, with new uncertainty and challenges. We have missed people and our mind has wandered. There is stress and pressure from the fear of infection and feeling isolated, along with concerns about job or income loss. The crisis has demanded new ways of working and routines.

    Weirdly, it can be a time for us all to find positives – if you are…

    • 7 Apr 2020
  • The CIPD welcomes new legal right to paid parental bereavement leave – Jack’s Law

    By Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser at CIPD.

    The CIPD welcomes new legal right to paid parental bereavement leave – Jack’s Law

    Lucy Herd, Jack’s Mother and prominent campaigner, and Claire McCartney, senior policy adviser at the CIPD, discuss the importance of the new legislation and why bereaved parents at work need proper support.

    On 6 April this year, a new piece of legislation known as ‘Jack’s…

    • 4 Mar 2020
  • Closing the gender pay gap: whose role is it anyway?

    By Katy Adalar, communications manager at the CIPD.

    An equal world is an enabled world. That’s the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (next Sunday8 March) – a day to celebrate women’s achievements and promote gender equality. 

    Women’s role in business and society is certainly more valued today than it was in 1911, when we celebrated International Women’s Day for the first ti…

    • 28 Feb 2020
  • Golden decade of sharp growth in permanent, skilled roles defies austerity and uncertainty

    By Gerwyn Davies, Senior Policy Advisor - Labour Market.

    UK productivity growth of 0.3% over the past ten years recently won the Royal Statistical Society’s accolade as the ‘statistic of the decade’. However, analysis of the labour market by the CIPD has provided some equally interesting figures that illustrate how transformative the past decade has been in many ways.

    An expanding workforce

    One of the…

    • 26 Feb 2020
  • How are organisations supporting learning at work?

    Lizzie Crowley, Senior Policy Advisor - Skills

    The world of work is rapidly changing, impacting on how organisations approach learning at work. In this fast-changing world, learning needs to evolve and it must be accessible and agile. Many organisations are changing where, when and how learning is delivered; increasingly in the flow of work, not in the classroom; via digital technologies which enable learning to be available…

    • 24 Feb 2020
  • How much are people paid in 2019?

    Jon Boys, Labour Market Economist at the CIPD.

    Last week a question time audience member refused to believe that earning over £80,000 put him in the top 5% of earners. In fact, he went further and suggested that he wasn’t in the top 50% and that every doctor, accountant, and solicitor in the country earns more than £80,000. Of course he was wrong, but the condemnation was tentative and subsequent reporting cited…

    • 28 Nov 2019
  • Mental Health and Thriving at Work Commitment

    By Brad Taylor, Director of People and OD at the CIPD.

    Within organisations across the UK, there is a growing need to support the mental health of their employees. In the last year, 39% of UK employees experienced mental-ill-health where work was a contributing factor.

    Organisations need to take responsibility and put in place the necessary support for their employees. To show our commitment to doing this at the CIPD, this…

    • 22 Oct 2019
  • Helping workers plan for the future will help employers retain skilled staff

    By Dr Aideen Young, Evidence Manager, the Centre for Ageing Better

    Our research shows that workers in later life want work that they find personally meaningful, intellectually stimulating and sociable. They want jobs that are flexible and come with opportunities for learning, mentoring and career progression – and they want workplaces that are supportive and inclusive.

    Being able to properly support these workers…

    • 6 Sep 2019
  • Everyone can make their workplace more LGBT inclusive – and here’s how

    In June, Stonewall were delighted to attend CIPD’s Festival of Work conference and deliver a workshop on LGBT-inclusive workplaces. Sarah Campbell, Head of Conferences and Events at Stonewall talks about the session, top tips, and how the audience responded.

    Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the CIPD’s inaugural Festival of Work conference. As part of their inclusion workshop I was thrilled to…

    • 8 Aug 2019
  • Saturday's child works hard for a living

    By Jon Boys, Labour Market Economist at the CIPD.

    In this blog we ask, who works at the weekend?

    1 in 5 of us that work, do so on the weekend but this proportion differs markedly by various characteristics. Most important is the type of job someone does, which is closely related to the industry that they work in. Other differences such as region, age, or qualification largely reflect that different people do different…

    • 2 Aug 2019
  • OH and HR: let’s get it together

    By Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser, CIPD; Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Adviser HR Practice, CIPD; Andrew Walker FCIPD FCPFA, formerly Director General HR, House of Commons and Nick Pahl, Chief Executive, Society of Occupational Medicine

    Occupational health (OH) and HR practitioners represent the two professional groups most concerned with the health and well-being of people at work. As such, the strength of the working…

    • 16 Jul 2019
  • New Government proposals aim to narrow the disability employment gap and reduce ill health-related job loss

    This week the Government published Health is everyone’s business – a public consultation on a range of measures to reduce ill health-related job loss. It is seeking views on how employers can best support disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to stay, and thrive, in work. It sets out proposals to encourage all employers to take positive action to support employees who are managing health conditions…

    • 16 Jul 2019
  • Menopause at the Festival of Work

    By Deborah Garlick, Director, Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace and Claire McCartney, Co-Director of Inclusive Talent and Associate, CIPD

    The menopause is an important workplace issue that affects many employees, and we were delighted that it featured prominently in our series of inclusion workshops at the CIPD Festival of Work. There are now around 4.4 million women aged 50-64 in work (ONS 2019), and the vast majority…

    • 15 Jul 2019
  • Let’s Talk Race: The Elephant in the Room

    By Rob Neil, Head of Culture Change and Leadership, Department for Education.

    "Not everything that is faced can be changed, yet nothing can be changed until it is faced" James Baldwin

    This uncomfortable and imposing truth is one which applies to many organisations now wrestling with the challenge of having conversations about race at work. Sadly, some respond by looking the other way and simply hoping the ‘elephant…

    • 3 Jul 2019
  • Mental health in the workplace: stepping back and seeking solutions

    By Gill Dix, Head of Workplace Policy, Acas

    As the public debate, the media, and society have opened up to the mental health agenda, workplaces and employers, quite rightly, are gradually becoming more attuned. The Government-commissioned Stevenson and Farmer Review has helped, pointing out the ‘significant mental health challenge at work’ that the UK faces, and the importance of the employer’s role when it comes to creating…

    • 16 May 2019
  • What does the 6-month Brexit extension mean for employers and EU citizens?

    By Gerwyn Davies, Senior Labour Market Adviser.

    Whilst the UK has been given a six-month extension to finalise its arrangements for exiting the European Union, the Brexit-related uncertainty that many businesses face remains. However, the extension does offer some reassurance that the prospect of a ‘No-Deal’ outcome has now been reduced, given the retrenchment from the no-deal option on both sides of La Manche. While both…

    • 17 Apr 2019
  • Gender pay gap reporting – Analysis of data after the deadline of midnight 4/4/2019

    The gender pay gap reporting deadline was midnight 4 April 2019. I stayed up late and crunched the numbers and this is what I found.

    • 10,463 organisations submitted by the deadline which is approximately 99% of organisations[1]. This is an improvement on last year when only 93% of organisation’s made the deadline.
    • The absence of gender pay gaps over 100% (which is statistically impossible and was seen in last year…
    • 5 Apr 2019
  • Gender pay gap reporting – where are we now?

    By Sheila Wild, author of the CIPD gender pay gap reporting guide

    The latest dates for filing the past year’s gender pay gap reports have come round again – 30 March for the public sector, and 4 April for private and voluntary sector organisations. I’ll be updating the CIPD guide on gender pay gap reporting ahead of next year’s reporting deadline but, for now, I’m going to take a look at emerging trends…

    • 2 Apr 2019