What do the phrase “quality jobs” actually mean?

We often hear the phrase “quality jobs” being used by politicians and journalists, but what do they mean by it – or rather what should it mean?

Last year CIPD produced a report (CIPD Survey Report 2018 / UK Working Lives) to help answer the question. Below are a series of short videos based on the findings of their report.

How do we define a quality job?
The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) recently produced a report to help answer the question.
How is your work–life balance

UK employees work longer than their European counterparts according to CIPD.

How can employers improve job quality

To help answer the question a CIPD survey pointed to three types of worker: the Stuck, the Squeezed and the Satisfied.

Facts on working status and contract types

Published: 7 June 2019

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