Workers play a huge part in the circular economy and ensuring that they are working in favourable conditions, have good development prospects, access to union rights, and fair wages should be paramount for all employers in order for us to build a skilled and resilient workforce.
How can this be achieved?
Taking an inclusive approach to ensure that there are job pathways or upskilling opportunities for all
Transparency and procedures in place to ensure that all staff receive fair treatment, including in the recruitment process
Encourage the adoption of Fair Work to ensure that workers rights are protected The Framework aims for jobs that provide respect, opportunity, fulfilment, job security and an effective voice
Making a conscious effort to move away from zero hours contracts
Real Living Wage – there has been a solid uptake of employers becoming accredited and offering a wage which is above the set government minimum and takes into account the overall cost of living, to tackle poverty, and to provide workers with a better standard of living
Encouraging employers and employees to open the dialogue regarding flexible working. Whilst hybrid working may have highlighted this in the past few years, there are still many keen to work but are unable to commit to the standard 9-5
Caroline McFarlane, Director, Limelight Careers
"Recognising the adaptability of our workforce, we decided to pilot a 4 day week. This has been well received; staff are feeling the benefit of supported work life balance, productivity has remained the constant and there has been no impact to customer service."