Who are Prospect and what do we do?

Prospect is a trade union which supports and represents people like you. By joining Prospect, you’ll be welcomed into a community of more than 145,000 members who work as scientists, engineers, tech experts and in other specialist roles.

Prospect members at Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International

Prospect members at Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International

Our members work in diverse areas such as agriculture, broadcasting, creative industries, data and technology, defence, education, energy, environment, heritage, shipbuilding, public services, telecoms and transport.

Our Bectu sector is the leading union for people in media, entertainment and the creative industries.

And while our members work full-time, part-time, flexibly, and as consultants and freelancers, we all have something in common – we’re ambitious to support each other, grow our skills and succeed in our careers.

How can we help you?

Prospect supports and represents thousands of members across a wide range of roles and sectors – so we know what matters to you.

We understand your ambition to thrive in a safe, supportive workplace so we offer advice on your career and we’ve got your back should something go wrong.

We’ll also give you financial and legal support outside of work as well as a range of discounts and benefits.

Support, grow, succeed

Prospect’s mission is to advise, support and defend your professional knowledge, skills and work.

We are a growing union, owned and run by you, our members. Together we:

  • negotiate your pay and conditions
  • influence employers and government on your behalf
  • campaign for better quality jobs and standards
  • offer valuable benefits and services

We negotiate with more than 300 employers on a range of issues that affect your working life:

  • career development
  • contracts and conditions of employment
  • hours, holidays and maternity/paternity leave
  • pay and pensions
  • performance and promotion
  • restructuring and redundancy procedures
  • privatisation and company takeovers

We stand up for our members rights and campaign to protect their jobs.

Run by members, for members

Prospect is a democratic organisation with a proud 100-year history of being run by members, for members.

Your membership fee is reinvested in your union to develop the support and representation you need. We don’t make a profit.

We encourage every member to get involved to shape the union. You can meet other members to share ideas and set priorities through conferences, elected committees, local branches and networks.

Over 6,000 of our members have either been elected by their co-workers or volunteered to represent their colleagues in roles such as workplace rep and health and safety rep.

Our staff work across the UK, in our London headquarters and regional offices including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

We  employ more than 50 full-time negotiators who act on your behalf, teams of pensions, legal and education experts, as well as policy, communications and organising colleagues.

We’re independent of any political party which means when we make your voice heard with decision-makers, they know we’re reflecting your real experiences and opinions.

Prospect in 2018

Our video below shows the range of successes we had across the union in 2018.