One important factor in achieving a more inclusive economy is the quality, flexibility and accessibility of jobs. Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations have an interest in improving employment, both as employers and as advocates for citizens.
Greater Manchester has world-leading businesses and sectors, investing, innovating and growing. They have created a record number of jobs in the city region. The public services and voluntary and community sector – despite the cuts to funding they have faced – are using devolution and closer partnership to find new ways to better serve the public. Across all sectors, employers are providing good jobs, which are well-paid, secure and with opportunities to get on.
But we can do better. On average, our businesses are less productive than others in the UK, and even further behind London and the rest of the world, while our public services and voluntary and community sectors face social challenges of increasing complexity and scale. And too many of our residents are in low paid and insecure work, unable to fulfil their potential, get a home or provide a secure start for their children.
That is why the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is developing a Greater Manchester Good Employer Charter – to support employers to reach best practice, helping them to grow and provide the good jobs.
The Charter will only deliver this aim if it is developed with employers, employees and others – drawing on the best available expertise and experience.
You can give your views here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/goodwork, by 13 April 2018.
The responses to these questions and the evidence gathered will be used to start drafting a Good Employer Charter for Greater Manchester. The draft Charter will then be published for further consultation, to make sure that it will support businesses to grow, public and voluntary and community services to continue to improve, and create the well-paid, secure and fulfilling jobs the city region needs.