BUSINESSES are being encouraged to provide good jobs for their staff to grow and thrive in.

Leaders across Greater Manchester have come up with the "Good Employment Charter" for businesses to sign up to.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: "I want Greater Manchester to be the best place to live, work and invest.

"So we went out and asked how we could achieve that, and we’ve listened to what people have said.

“We have introduced a journey that we want employers to take, they will be encouraged to provide jobs which are secure, fairly paid and fulfilling, with opportunities to progress and develop.

“Providing good employment is a win-win for businesses. We know that those employers who are best at engaging and supporting their employees are the most successful.”

The charter includes requiring employers to provide secure and flexible work for a real living wage.

Employers are also asked to work with their staff to improve and offer progression for their employees.

Lynn Collins from the TUC said: "The charter gives us an opportunity to champion those who meet the standards set and help others improve. Employers can see benefits of improved morale and productivity and workers will feel valued."