The Mayor’s Good Work Standard

Making London the best city in the world to work

The Mayor is committed to building a fairer and more inclusive London economy – one which works for all Londoners and in which more Londoners can access good jobs with good conditions. 

To make this happen, the Mayor is working with employers to celebrate excellent work practices and support others to improve practice by bringing together, in one place, a range of support and resources for businesses. 

The Good Work Standard sets the benchmark the Mayor wants every London employer to work towards and achieve. 

By implementing the criteria in the Good Work Standard, businesses of all sizes and sectors signal that they are committed to healthy, fair and inclusive workplaces. Research demonstrates this is an important measure for attracting and retaining diverse, talented and successful workforces. 

There are four pillars to the Good Work Standard – fair pay and conditions, workplace wellbeing, skills and progression and diversity and recruitment. 

The inclusive employment and workforce development practices in the Mayor’s Good Work Standard will help employers achieve high standards in areas such as working conditions, diversity and inclusion, flexible working, health and wellbeing, apprenticeships and training, and communication with employees. 

Employers can check their current level of achievement against the Good Work Standard, before undertaking a self-assessment to become accredited as a Good Work Standard employer. 

The Good Work Standard website hosts a range of free resources and information to support employers in adopting the highest standards and best possible working conditions. 

The Mayor of London’s Economic Fairness team will also be working with employers through a series of workshops over the coming months focused on how businesses can meet Good Work Standard criteria and become accredited. 

To register your interest for these events, please email 

Upcoming events

Employee Engagement, Wednesday 18 September 2019, 6pm - 8.30pm

Cost: £5 per person

CIPD South London Branch are hosting this interactive event, which explore the links between employee engagement, company culture, productivity, and profit.

For more information and to register click here.

Well-being “unworkshop”, Thursday 19 September 2019, 6.30pm - 9pm

Cost: £5 per person

CIPD West London Branch is championing “better work and working lives” with this self-directed and social learning “un-workshop” focused on wellbeing at work.

For more information and to register click here.

City Giving Day, Tuesday 24 September 2019

Cost: Free

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s City Giving Day is a unique annual event that unites City businesses through their charity and community partnerships. Companies that get involved use it as an opportunity to showcase their charitable and community work, letting their staff and visitors know about the difference they are making and the lives they are changing.

To register and to find out more click here. 

Closing The Gap in Tech, Event: Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups, Thursday 26 September 2019, 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Cost: free to attend

The Greater London Authority in partnership with hackajob are hosting an event for employers and professionals in the Technology sector interested in taking action on diversity and workforce integration.

For more information and to register click here.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Session, Friday 11 October 2019, 9am - 11am

Cost: £52.69 per person (breakfast included) 

This interactive, Samaritans-led session provides those working in HR, health and wellbeing, security or facilities roles, an insight into tackling suicide, looking at prevention and identifying and supporting those at crisis point.
It offers practical advice on supporting those who are suffering with their mental health and serves as an introduction to suicide prevention and can also complement general mental health training. Organised by the City of London Corporation.

To register and find out more click here. 

Setting-up and Running a Staff Forum or Consultative Group, Friday 18 October 2019, 10am - 1pm

Cost: £175 per person 

For HR professionals and managers. Employee voice is about much more than giving employees a chance to have their say. It is about setting up channels for communication and arrangements for consultation that allow employees to be actively involved in decision-making. An effective staff forum can drive innovation and improve business outcomes, provide an early warning system for emerging problems, and ultimately increase employee engagement with their work and their organisation. Organised by ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

To find out more and book a place click here. 

Managing Discipline and Grievance, Thursday 24 October 2019, 10am - 4pm

Cost: £175 per person 

Suitable for delegates from all sectors of industry; managers, supervisors, HR professionals, business owners, trade union and employee representatives. This practical full day event will provide you with detailed knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively manage and conduct employee discipline and grievance procedures within your workplace. Organised by ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).  

To find out more and book a place click here. 

Contracts, Written Statements and Pay, Wednesday 6 November 2019, 10am - 4pm

Cost: £175 per person 

Suitable for delegates from all sectors of industry; managers, supervisors, HR professionals, business owners, trade union and employee representatives. This full day event will provide detailed guidance on how to create, agree, vary and terminate a contract of employment. This event will cover written statements, variation of a contract and lay off, termination of an employment contract, and pay including; wages, itemised pay slips, overpayments, deduction of wages, holiday pay and rewards. Organised by ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). 

To find out more and book a place click here. 

Brexit: Impact on Employment Law, Workforce Planning and Immigration, Thursday 21 November 2019, 10am - 4pm

Cost: £400+VAT per person 

Recommended for anyone who employs, or plans to employ non-UK citizens, deals with right to work processes and workforce planning. Assess the impact of the Government’s post-brexit immigration changes on your own organisation, and plan ahead for workforce changes. Organised by CIPD.

To find out more and book a place click here.

Other initiatives

Business Healthy

Business Healthy is a free community of businesses in the City of London, aimed at providing support to supercharge their workforce through improving health and wellbeing. Funded by the City of London Corporation’s Public Health, the Business Healthy website is full of resources, campaign materials and information covering a wide remit of workplace health and wellbeing, including mental, physical, emotional, financial and more.  

The unique and award-winning Business Healthy also delivers a programme of “masterclasses” to the business community on a range of topics, which aim to share knowledge and expertise and bring businesses together to network, share ideas and best practice. It’s free to become part of the network – visit the website here, or contact the team.


Timewise is a multi-award-winning social business and leading change agent, working to unlock the flexible jobs market in the UK. Through their partnership programme, they share market insights with employers, helping them to attract, retain and progress the best talent through flexible working. Timewise also delivers training and consultancy to upskill employers around flexible job design and improve understanding of the business case for flexible working. Timewise Jobs, is a jobs board where employers who want to improve diversity and inclusion can place roles that are part-time or open to flexibility. Click here to learn more.