Fair pay and contracts
"Fairness, merit and transparency should be at the heart of any good pay and reward strategy."
Some of the first things being asked of employers are to:
- Pay all workers and employees at least the London Living Wage.
- Provide the best possible leave entitlements for parents, sick leave and annual leave.
- Write clear employment contracts and written statements for workers and employees.
Here we provide resources from the CIPD on employee pay, the living wage, financial well-being, employment status, the use of different types of employment contracts and a discussion on the gig economy.
CIPD Viewpoint: Low pay and financial well-being
Explore the CIPD's point of view on low pay and financial well-being, including actions for Government and recommendations for employers.
CIPD Viewpoint: Employment status, rights and regulation
Explore the CIPD's point of view on employment status, rights and regulation, including actions for Government and recommendations for employers.
Research and insights
- Policy consultation: National Living Wage and Minimum Wage April 2020 rates
Read the CIPD's submission to the Low Pay Commission.
- CIPD Voice article: Does adulthood begin at 25?
Twenty years on from the introduction of the National Minimum Wage, Ffion Meagher discusses the impact of the policy as well as living wage for over-25s.
- Report: Pay progression barriers for the lowest paid
This report aims to uncover the experiences of employees on the lowest rates of pay, and to understand the contributing factors to them becoming 'stuck' on low pay.
- Report: Employee financial well-being
Financial well-being not only affects individual workers but it also affects business performance, as this report helps to illustrate. The report is accompanied by practical guidance and behavioural insights.
- Megatrends: Is work in the UK really becoming less secure?
This report examines a range of evidence proving that the so-called 'casualisation' of work in the UK has been overstated.
- The gig economy hub
Here you can access resources and discussions on the gig economy and explore the questions, and answers, to the issues that this new way of working raises.
- Report: Employer/employee views of zero-hours contracts
Survey evidence on how and why employers use zero-hours and short-hours contracts, and employees' characteristics, attitudes and preferences when it comes to these types of contract.
Guidance and factsheets
- Factsheet: Reward and pay
Introduces the basics of pay and reward, including staff benefits, and outlines the UK legal position.
- Factsheet: Pay structures and pay progression
Pay structures give a framework for wages and salaries, while pay progression describes how employees' pay increases
- Guide: Zero hours contracts: understanding the law
Understand the legal issues surrounding zero-hours contracts, the various types of agreements, and how to manage zero-hours contracts responsibly.
- Factsheet: Employment status
Understand how being defined in UK law as an employee, a worker or self-employed affects employment rights and employers’ legal responsibilities.
- Factsheet: Contracts of employment
The factsheet provides introductory guidance on the types on contract, and examines the items included in the written statement of particulars and their legal context.
- Factsheet: Zero hours contracts
Unlike traditional contracts of employment, zero-hours contracts offer no guarantee of work. Explore their advantages and disadvantages.