The CIPD, in collaboration with the European Association for People Management (EAPM), has developed a survey to take a bi-annual snapshot of the state of the people profession. The aim is to establish where, when and if the profession is responding to the external and organisational factors shaping the workplace. As professional associations, we share a responsibility to ensure that the people profession is competent and confident in its role when delivering value to the workforce, organisations and wider society. We need to have data in order to support the continuous development of the people profession in meeting the challenges of the modern workplace. The survey also seeks to understand the career aspirations of those in the profession, and the breadth of workplace experiences, education and competencies that characterise their career paths.