Our people

A wide range of experts play their part in helping the CIPD to champion better work and working lives.

We undertake a wide range of activities to help people professionals to be the experts on people, work and change. As a result, our employees have diverse skills – from the research and policy advisers who develop our thinking, to the people in our contact centre who give our members and customers a great experience.

We have 316 employees in our offices in the UK, Ireland, Singapore and Dubai. Supporting this core workforce are 2,850 volunteers and associates. This includes members who act as the face of the CIPD at a local branch level, as well as those involved in our community investment initiatives. It also encompasses people who help us consider alleged breaches of our Code of Professional Conduct.

To achieve our ambitions, we need a diverse workforce with diverse skills and perspectives.

We define diversity as valuing everyone as an individual – we value all our employees, customers and clients as people. Diversity is about visible and non-visible factors, which include personal characteristics such as gender, race, age, background, culture, disability, personality and work-style. Harnessing these differences creates a productive environment in which everybody feels valued, where their talents are fully utilised and organisational and personal goals are met.

We regularly review the ways in which we can make the CIPD an attractive and accessible place to work for people from a wide range of backgrounds. We focus on inclusive approaches to recruitment and selection and are committed to employment policies that promote diversity and inclusion in employment regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion or belief. We also support flexible working arrangements wherever possible, so that our people can work in ways which suit their personal circumstances.

The make-up of our workforce in terms of gender, age and ethnicity broadly reflects the characteristics of our membership base. But as we seek to make HR an attractive career choice for a greater diversity of people, the diversity of our own workforce will play an important part and we know we're not yet representative enough of the south London community in which we're headquartered, nor of our growing community of international members.

Read more about diversity and inclusion on our Diversity topic page.

Our values

Four core values drive our work; they inform our daily interactions and enable our performance

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Disability Confident employer

The CIPD is a Disability Confident Leader. We work with the DWP and lead the way in changing attitudes towards disability, and to encourage all employers to provide opportunities to ensure that people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions are able to fulfil their potential at work. We regularly review our own people practices and approaches to ensure that our workplace is as open, diverse, accessible and inclusive as possible. 

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Stonewall Global Diversity Champion

The CIPD is a member of Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions programme, working together to ensure that we are an LGBT+ inclusive employer and membership organisation across our UK and International communities. Our principles – work matters, people matter and professionalism matters – enshrine our belief that good work is safe and inclusive.

Stonewall and the CIPD share the vision that by embedding inclusive values, organisations can drive higher levels of wellbeing, motivation, satisfaction and productivity. Our ambition is to ensure that all of our staff and volunteers feel confident and comfortable in bringing their whole selves to work - because people perform better when they can be themselves. 

Read: The CIPD pledges to make a positive difference to LGBT+ workers