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Despite Greater Manchester’s underlying economic strength, there remain some significant issues with the quality of work offered – with unstable and low-paid work on the rise, wages not meeting the cost of living, and roles not offering accessibility or flexibility, leading to a workforce that lacks diversity.


  • More than 1/3 of workers in Britain are struggling in low quality jobs that risk damaging their health according to a report by the Health Foundation
  • Approximately 14 million people are in poverty in the UK according to a report from JRF, and this is made up of 8 million working age adults, with poverty levels in the workforce on the rise
  • The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review (2019) found that wages had fallen by 6.6% in real terms between 2006-2016 for the average worker in the city region


To reach their potential, people need to be offered secure, fulfilling and well-paid work. This not only boosts the morale of the workforce, but retention rates, productivity and health. In turn, this leads to business growth and success.


That’s why in Greater Manchester we’re doing things differently – we’ve launched the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. The Charter was developed through a process of co-design, involving the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), all GM districts, Trade Unions, and employers and employees from all sectors. Learn more about the creation process of the Charter here.


The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter is a voluntary membership and assessment scheme which has been created to improve employment standards across all GM employers, regardless of size, sector or geography. Organisations – including public sector bodies, private sector businesses, service providers, the third sector, and voluntary and community organisations – can sign up to the Charter.


We want to see Greater Manchester as a place where people are paid fairly for their work, treated appropriately and provided with inclusive opportunity. At the same time, we want to see the city region’s economy thrive, with organisations that are productive and effective at the heart of it.

Looking to get involved?

The Charter has three tiers of involvement, Supporters, Members, and Advocates, and seven key characteristics of good employment.