The Brief

We know that what gets measured gets done. The UK currently performs strongly on job creation, with each record low unemployment statistic celebrated in the national media. But why do we not have any similar measures for understanding quality of work and how we can make work better?

The Carnegie UK Trust-RSA Working Group on Measuring Job Quality brought together representatives from across policy, industry and academia to consider the practical challenges of implementing national job quality measurement in the UK. Responding directly to the recommendation of Matthew Taylor’s Modern Employment Review and the ambition of the UK Government’s Good Work Plan, the Group produced a measurement framework for tracking progress towards the outcome of good work for all.

Measuring Good Work, the final report of the Group, presents 16 recommendations for how a national job quality measurement framework can be introduced in the UK to understand and take action on quality of work.

Read the Measuring Good Work report or our executive summary.

Working Group members:

Matthew Taylor, RSA (Co-Chair); Martyn Evans, Carnegie UK Trust (Co-Chair); Douglas White, Carnegie UK Trust; Conor D’Arcy, Resolution Foundation; Chris Warhurst, Warwick Institute for Employment Research; Paul Nowak, TUC; Louise Woodruff, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Sonali Parekh and Emelia Quist, Federation of Small Businesses; Nancy Hey, What Works Wellbeing; Jonny Gifford, CIPD; David Freeman, ONS; Joe Dromey, IPPR; Paul Devoy, Investors in People; Gill Dix, ACAS; Lesley Giles, the Work Foundation; Sarah Gallo, Tesco PLC; Gail Irvine, Carnegie UK Trust (Head of Secretariat), Mark Diffley, Carnegie UK Trust (Associate). Officials from BEIS attended the Working Group meetings in 2018.

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