The co-chairs of CIPD
North East, Elouise Leonard-Cross and Sarah Carnegie, said: "We are delighted to be launching our 12th annual HR&D awards in 2018, in collaboration with our associate sponsors Nigel Wright Recruitment.
Just as last year's CIPD
Wales conference provided a platform to explore and test new thinking, methodology and the science of people management, so these awards seek to celebrate those new and innovative practices in action.
Lizzie Crowley, skills adviser for the CIPD
, said: "This is a sobering analysis.
There are more than 140,000 CIPD
members globally, representing the most influential senior HR leaders from world leading organisations as well as the next generation of HR professionals, and currently over 2,000 members in the Middle East (source: CIPD
Head of Volunteering and Employability Campaigns at the CIPD
, Katerina Rudiger, said: "As employment levels continue to improve it's encouraging to see that more organisations are employing young people and developing their own talent pipelines by doing so.
Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements in people management and development and the impact it has on business success.
Mark Beatson, CIPD
chief economist, commented "Recruitment intentions are high, SMEs provide much of the fuel and we are seeing this all over the UK, with employers in the Midlands and the North having the highest short-term employment optimism.
Research fromn the CIPD
earlier this year found workers in the West Midlands are less likely to feel satisfied with their work than in other parts of the country.
The Northern Area Partnership comprises nine Northern CIPD
branches, representing 20,000 HR professionals.
Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD
, said: "Union tactics have shifted in recent years, reflecting a perception that industrial action organised on traditional lines is no longer a reliable tool for achieving trade union objectives.
Gerwyn Davies of the CIPD
said: "Recent falls in unemployment suggest that the labour market is on a sound footing, but a closer examination reveals many employers are holding on to more staff than is required in order to retain their skills.
George Gomes, Zoe Kirk and Fiona Costly Melanie Tavener, Tony Jay and Ann Davis Patricia Colden, of CIPD
; John Kimberley, Frank Preen and Mike Archer, of CIPD
Jung Park, Jason Quinyong, Michael Towl, Jane Brown and Sudipa Bhattacharjeo Stephen Clapcott, of CIPD
; speakers Paul Williams, the Rt Rev David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, Jeremy Tollworthy and Helen Shipton