Policy Engagement

Public policy engagement at the CIPD involves both engaging with ministers and other policy makers and engaging our members to ensure that we draw on the knowledge and expertise within our 135,000-strong membership to inform our views to government. This two-way engagement can help influence policy making and day-to-day people management practice, for example by ensuring members are aware of changes to legislation or new practitioner guidance developed in response to our public policy work.

We engage with government and policy-makers in a variety of ways. We regularly attend private meetings with Ministers and Shadow Cabinet members, as well as key stakeholders in Whitehall and other business organisations. We also produce a large number of reports each year that provide insight into the wide spectrum of issues that affect the workplace. Finally, we respond to a wide range of consultations, ensuring that the CIPD voice is heard in matters of policy that will affect our members and the wider business community.

We involve our members in the development of our policy responses where possible, using our branch network to engage with our members throughout the UK. We value our members’ contributions to our consultation responses, where information and opinions from those ‘on the ground’ adds real value to the work we do to engage government and policy-makers. We also regularly hold focus groups with our members on various issues, and find that their knowledge, experience and commitment helps us to build strong cases with which to engage government and other stakeholders.

The CIPD is the leading independent voice on workplace performance and skills. We draw on our extensive research and the expertise and experience of our members on the front-line to highlight and promote new and best practice and produce practical guidance for the benefit of employers, employees and policy makers.

On a macro-economic scale, our expertise and the data we gather from our membership gives us an unrivalled capacity to accurately forecast labour market trends and to consider the impact of employment legislation across all sectors and sizes of organisation.

Our recent engagement

  • In September 2014 our report on EU migration and the workforce was launched at Conservative Party Conference with former Universities Minister, David Willetts MP.
  • In October 2014 Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD, gave evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee for the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
  • In October 2014 our Performance and Rewards Policy Adviser, Charles Cotton, gave evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee for the Childcare Payments Bill.
  • In October 2014 Peter Cheese chaired a roundtable discussion of apprenticeships with Nicky Morgan MP, Education Secretary, at 11 Downing Street. Katerina Rüdiger, Head of Skills and Campaigns at CIPD, also took part in the event.
  • In January 2015 the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable MP, launched our report Human capital reporting: investing for sustainable growth.
  • In February 2015 we are holding an event at West Ham United Football Club to promote our Steps Ahead Mentoring scheme in partnership with Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Employment Minister.
  • In February 2015 Business and Women’s Minister, Jo Swinson MP, launched our report Gender diversity in the boardroom: reach for the top.
  • In March 2015 Chloe Smith MP held an event to promote our Steps Ahead Mentoring scheme in her constituency in Norwich.
  • Our research into zero hour contracts (Zero hours contracts: myth and reality) and low pay (Pay progression: understanding the barriers for the lowest paid) has been cited by both Government and Opposition MPs in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

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Steps Ahead Mentoring

Find out how CIPD members can take part in bringing HR practitioners and young job seekers together to the benefit of both.