The Profession Map sets the international standard for people professionals to make their greatest impact and thrive in a changing world of work.

The Map is designed to evolve in line with the shifting landscape. The core values and purpose driving the professional standards remain constant, but as new roles, specialisms, priorities and opportunities emerge, it will adapt to incorporate them.

It's part of how we're equipping people professionals to drive change and shape the future of work.

An evidence-based approach to change

All changes to the Map are evidence-based.

What’s changing?

We’ve made small adjustments to language, to what’s included within each Map area and to content.

These changes will increase clarity and better define the Map areas. For example, we’ve amended language across Reward to better reflect our global audience. We’ve highlighted that recruiting fits within resourcing and we’ve moved the standard on facilitation, coaching, consulting and mentoring to Culture and behaviour (from People practice).

We’ve also made more significant changes across the standards that reflect the latest research, the changing landscape and feedback from the profession.

These include:


Flexible ways of working

Diversity and inclusion

Inclusion and diversity

Employee relations

Employee relations

Analytics and creating value

Evidence-based practice

Digital working

Technology and people

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