The RSA and the Carnegie UK Trust have teamed up to produce a report on measuring the quality of work. It follows on from the Taylor Review that recommended that the government should find a way to monitor work quality. ‘Measuring Good Work’ sets out a roadmap for how that ambition can be achieved.
It identifies a series of new questions – from work-life balance to mental health, and from opportunities for progression to feelings of purpose, involvement and control at work – which should be added to the annual official Labour Force Survey, the largest and most comprehensive annual household study in the UK.
There may be difficulties in fitting these questions into the LFS but it is hoped the government will be able to do this in the near future. We will then have a measure of the quality of work as well as the quantity of work available in the country and it will encourage employers to see if their working practices are delivering ‘Good Work’.