Fair Work Charter

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Please note that this public consultation has now closed. All feedback has been taken into consideration. A summary of the responses received can be viewed here. The full analysis report is available here. Both documents are available in the documents section of this page.

"Setting the standards we expect for good work in our region”. Mayor Tracy Brabin


Background

West Yorkshire DistrictsWest Yorkshire benefits from a highly diverse population with many ethnicities, age groups, backgrounds and lifestyles represented. Our population is projected to grow by 8% to more than 2.5 million people by 2043.

There are over 95,000 registered businesses in West Yorkshire, of which 54,000 are estimated to be employers.

Also, West Yorkshire has a Civil Society sector made up of 5,200 registered independent, self-directed organisations employing the full-time equivalent of nearly 30,000 people and 121,000 regular volunteers.

However, the reality is that our region is not as productive as it should be and Fair Work is not yet accessible for all.

These are some of the reasons why:

  • Too many people are working in poor quality jobs
  • Too many people are not paid enough to make ends meet
  • There are big pay gaps between groups of workers
  • Too many people are suffering from poor mental health
  • Too many working age people are not in work

Despite these challenges, there is some encouraging evidence that making work fairer for everyone will also boost productivity, and business success.

We know that:

  • Increasing worker pay at the lower end of the labour market – and narrowing pay gaps – can help increase productivity
  • Addressing poor physical and mental health in our working population can also help (ill health accounts for some 30% of the north / south productivity gap)
  • Actively increasing workplace diversity can further improve productivity
  • Helping to reduce the number of working aged people developing long-term health conditions can decrease rates of economic inactivity
  • Fair employment practices are highly influential in decisions made by employees, job seekers, consumers, funders, investors, and commissioners.Mayor Tracy BrabinMayor Tracy Brabin


Mayor Tracy Brabin is committed to the challenge of building an economy in which all our diverse communities and groups and employers can contribute towards – and benefit from – exceptional growth. In her manifesto, Mayor Brabin pledged to implementing a Fair Work Charter for West Yorkshire.


Implementing a Charter in West Yorkshire will have:

  • Economic impacts / a “business” benefit – including boosted workforce productivity, profitability/revenues, and innovation; and,
  • Social value – such as by reducing in-work poverty, boosting health and wellbeing, and promoting greater economic inclusion for disadvantaged groups and communities.

Charter development

The Mayor has brought together a Steering Group of leaders and experts from across the public, private and third sectors to lead on the development of the Charter and who are supporting this consultation. These representatives cover a broad range of interests including employees, employers of all sizes from micro to bid corporate enterprises, and specific interest groups including public health, faith and ethics, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I), and best employment practices

They have identified 5 key aspects of what an employer needs to offer in terms of Fair Work.

Key aspects of Fair Work identified are:

Opportunity - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Inclusive pathways into employment and career progression
  • Inclusive recruitment practices
  • Flexible working arrangements – wherever, whenever, and however possible


Security - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Fair pay
  • Fair working conditions
  • Guaranteed hours
  • Safe working environments, free from violence, bullying, discrimination, harassment and victimisation


Wellbeing - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Workplaces that foster good physical and mental health
  • Support for wider aspects of wellbeing, including personal financial health


Employee voice - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Inclusive consultation and engagement with staff at all levels
  • Opportunities for all employees to contribute to decision making
  • Where requested by employees, recognition and support for Trade Unions
  • Recognition of staff representative forums/ networks


Fulfilment - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Learning and development opportunities for everyone
  • Regular and meaningful performance management
  • Opportunities to support Civil Society



If you have any questions please get in touch via:


If you require these materials in different formats, please get in contact by email at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or telephone 0113 245 7676 (Metroline).


Stay in touch:

You can register to be added to our Combined Authority Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.

Please note that this public consultation has now closed. All feedback has been taken into consideration. A summary of the responses received can be viewed here. The full analysis report is available here. Both documents are available in the documents section of this page.

"Setting the standards we expect for good work in our region”. Mayor Tracy Brabin


Background

West Yorkshire DistrictsWest Yorkshire benefits from a highly diverse population with many ethnicities, age groups, backgrounds and lifestyles represented. Our population is projected to grow by 8% to more than 2.5 million people by 2043.

There are over 95,000 registered businesses in West Yorkshire, of which 54,000 are estimated to be employers.

Also, West Yorkshire has a Civil Society sector made up of 5,200 registered independent, self-directed organisations employing the full-time equivalent of nearly 30,000 people and 121,000 regular volunteers.

However, the reality is that our region is not as productive as it should be and Fair Work is not yet accessible for all.

These are some of the reasons why:

  • Too many people are working in poor quality jobs
  • Too many people are not paid enough to make ends meet
  • There are big pay gaps between groups of workers
  • Too many people are suffering from poor mental health
  • Too many working age people are not in work

Despite these challenges, there is some encouraging evidence that making work fairer for everyone will also boost productivity, and business success.

We know that:

  • Increasing worker pay at the lower end of the labour market – and narrowing pay gaps – can help increase productivity
  • Addressing poor physical and mental health in our working population can also help (ill health accounts for some 30% of the north / south productivity gap)
  • Actively increasing workplace diversity can further improve productivity
  • Helping to reduce the number of working aged people developing long-term health conditions can decrease rates of economic inactivity
  • Fair employment practices are highly influential in decisions made by employees, job seekers, consumers, funders, investors, and commissioners.Mayor Tracy BrabinMayor Tracy Brabin


Mayor Tracy Brabin is committed to the challenge of building an economy in which all our diverse communities and groups and employers can contribute towards – and benefit from – exceptional growth. In her manifesto, Mayor Brabin pledged to implementing a Fair Work Charter for West Yorkshire.


Implementing a Charter in West Yorkshire will have:

  • Economic impacts / a “business” benefit – including boosted workforce productivity, profitability/revenues, and innovation; and,
  • Social value – such as by reducing in-work poverty, boosting health and wellbeing, and promoting greater economic inclusion for disadvantaged groups and communities.

Charter development

The Mayor has brought together a Steering Group of leaders and experts from across the public, private and third sectors to lead on the development of the Charter and who are supporting this consultation. These representatives cover a broad range of interests including employees, employers of all sizes from micro to bid corporate enterprises, and specific interest groups including public health, faith and ethics, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I), and best employment practices

They have identified 5 key aspects of what an employer needs to offer in terms of Fair Work.

Key aspects of Fair Work identified are:

Opportunity - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Inclusive pathways into employment and career progression
  • Inclusive recruitment practices
  • Flexible working arrangements – wherever, whenever, and however possible


Security - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Fair pay
  • Fair working conditions
  • Guaranteed hours
  • Safe working environments, free from violence, bullying, discrimination, harassment and victimisation


Wellbeing - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Workplaces that foster good physical and mental health
  • Support for wider aspects of wellbeing, including personal financial health


Employee voice - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Inclusive consultation and engagement with staff at all levels
  • Opportunities for all employees to contribute to decision making
  • Where requested by employees, recognition and support for Trade Unions
  • Recognition of staff representative forums/ networks


Fulfilment - for more details please visit the documents section or click here
  • Learning and development opportunities for everyone
  • Regular and meaningful performance management
  • Opportunities to support Civil Society



If you have any questions please get in touch via:


If you require these materials in different formats, please get in contact by email at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or telephone 0113 245 7676 (Metroline).


Stay in touch:

You can register to be added to our Combined Authority Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.

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