Developing a Good Employment Charter for Greater Manchester

Closed 26 Nov 2018

Opened 3 Oct 2018


Greater Manchester is developing a Good Employment Charter. The aim of the Charter is to help employers reach excellent employment standards and become more successful as a result.

  • Greater Manchester must be a place where people can fulfil their ambitions.
  • That means making it a place where people want to live and work, whether they are setting up their own business or working as an employee.
  • We are therefore setting out a vision of good employment – jobs which are secure, fairly paid and fulfilling, with opportunities to progress and develop.
  • Good employment is a win-win for Greater Manchester’s employers – whether they are in the private, public or voluntary and community sectors – because employers who are the best at engaging and supporting their employees are the most successful.

Why We Are Consulting

Throughout 2018 we have been working with employers, employees and others on what should be in the Charter, and how it should be structured. We consulted earlier in the year on what should be in a Charter - you can read a summary of the consultation responses at the bottom of this page.

Based on that earlier consultation, we believe that good employment is:   

  • Flexible working for those who need it, but security and predictability for those who want it and are working regular hours, with no place for exclusive contracts which stop people on flexible contracts working for others.
  • A job which is fairly paid, providing a secure route to a decent living standard.
  • A job where the voice of employees is valued so that they can shape their roles and contribute to the success of the organisation.
  • Fair opportunities to get a job, develop and progress, whatever your circumstances, background or challenges you face.

We are now seeking your views on our draft Employment Charter, which will help us finalise what it looks like for people across Greater Manchester.

We particularly want to hear from employers and employees in the private, public and voluntary and community sectors, people working in organisations responsible for employment practices, and representative bodies such as business groups and trade unions. Please share details of this survey with anyone you think will be interested.

It should take no longer than 15 minutes to answer these questions.

What Happens Next

The results of this consultation will be used to help shape the Greater Manchester Employment Charter.


  • Businesses
  • Community, voluntary sector and social enterprises
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Academics
  • Public sector partners


  • Combined Authority
  • Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Economy
  • Skills