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For many people in the UK, modern work isn’t working. Record high employment figures conceal major deficiencies in the quality of work people are doing. In an increasingly difficult and insecure UK labour market, poverty rates have risen for every type of working family – with one in eight workers across the country now living in poverty.

The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review, launched in early 2019, found that wages had fallen by 6.6% in real terms between 2006 and 2016 for the average worker in the city region, a labour market which has seen a rise in unstable and low-paid work.

In this labour landscape, we saw there was a need to be offering employees secure, fulfilling and well-paid work that prevents them from falling into poverty in the first place, and that means that our businesses grow and succeed based on the skills and engagement of their staff.

That’s why in Greater Manchester we’re doing things differently. We’ve created the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, developed through a process of co-design, involving the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), all GM districts, employers and employees from all sectors, as well as trades union employees and other experts. Learn more about the consultation process behind the Charter here

The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter is a voluntary membership and assessment scheme which has been created to help deliver good jobs with opportunities for people to progress and develop, along with a thriving and productive economy. The Charter aims to improve employment standards across all GM employers regardless of size, sector or geography.

Organisations – including businesses, public sector bodies, service providers, the third sector, and voluntary and community organisations – can sign up to the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter as Supporters, with the goal of becoming Members. The Charter is a journey, rather than an assessment at a single point in time, which aims to support employers to continually improve their employment practices.