UK Employment

Urged On By Shadow Chancellor UK Foster Care Workers Vote To Unionise

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

In an historic moment for the child fostering sector - and urged on by the Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP - foster care workers have voted to unionise and launch their own branch of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain Union (IWGB). The decision was taken at a packed meeting of foster care workers at Parliament on Monday 19th September.

Sports Direct Boss In New PR Disaster After Admitting He 'Likes' Flying To Work

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK

Mike Ashley’s “PR nightmare” continued on Tuesday with the Sports Direct Boss admitting he “likes” taking a helicopter to work. Speaking on...

Another Dope In Sports - The Scandal Of Unequal Pay

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Sport
Fiona Hotston Moore

Equality in sports ought to be a given, so the fact that professional women participants still generally earn less than their male equivalents is a scandal... The Gender Balance in Global Sport report just published has found what it calls a 'vast' wage gap still existing, two years after first highlighting the problem.

Graduate Labour Market Shrinks, But Do Millennials Actually Want Graduate Jobs?

Paul Moran | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Paul Moran

Recent figures from the Association of Graduate Recruiters has revealed a sharp reduction in the number of jobs available to graduates, the first decline in the graduate labour market in four years. A steep decline in such a short time is highly worrying, but the issue is seemingly more complex than might first appear.

It's A Great Time To Get Hired!

Damian Hinds | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Damian Hinds

Taking the first step onto the career ladder is one of the most challenging things we will ever do. Whether they've just left school, college or uni...

Green Party Leadership Job Share Is A Hopeful Sign For Disabled People Like Me

Clare Phipps | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Clare Phipps

Congratulations to them both for their term job sharing leadership of the Party, and here's to making our workplaces, including those within politics, more flexible and inclusive for those with caring or parental responsibilities, as well as for disabled people like me.

Age Is Not A Barrier To Success

Damian Hinds | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Politics
Damian Hinds

In the past, our society was all too ready to force people out of the workplace once they reached a certain age in the misguided belief that these hardworking and loyal people had outgrown their place in the economy...this was a nettle that badly needed seizing.

Getting A Pay Rise: Advice From Bosses

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

According to pay data from Korn Ferry Hay Group, UK employees, on average, are predicted to receive a 2.3% increase in their real income this year. Bu...

Celebrating Senior Citizens' Day

Chris Ball | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ball

The dice falls unevenly and the inequalities in society could hardly be more vividly expressed than in the health and dignity of older people in later life. Not all the years of extra life we are enjoying will be in good health.

You Don't Succeed By Working 130 Hours Each Week

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Mark Hillary

There are 168 hours in total in one week. If you sleep for eight hours each night then the total time left in a week is just 112 hours - less that the 130 hours that Mayer suggests it is possible to be at work. The idea that working all night is something that should be regularly expected is also nonsense.

Redundancy - To Hell And Back To The Future

Cerys Aedy | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

These days I'm hearing more and more about the stress and heartache redundancy brings, so I decided to write a very personal piece reflecting the gamut of emotions I experienced whilst going through this very same process.

From Priti to Penny - Inheritance Issues and Insurance Policies

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

The new DWP Ministerial team has arrived as storm clouds gather. Stephen is spending more time with his family; whilst Priti is promoted. In their place we have a surfeit of Damians and a Penny, all settling down to bulging in-trays.

An Open Letter to Our Government: Early Years Needs Your Help

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Today nurseries are part of the infrastructure of a modern society. We merit the support of a government and politicians who, instead of spending time on their ideological battleground, should be supporting those people trying to run businesses which enable ordinary working families to work.

Mad Men? Alive and Well and Still Maddenignly Sexist

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

So, gender prejudice in the workplace is dead? I think not, if the off-message comments of advertising agency head Kevin Roberts are a guide. It's actually a pesky virus that just got smarter.

Why Work Experience Is Really Important For Young People

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vikram Kumar Khosla

The Government should ensure that businesses do more for us because even if we don't have the adequate training required, we can always learn new things like we normally do seven hours a day at school. The former employment minister Priti Patel believes that we should 'step away from the selfie sticks and put down Snapchat and do some work experience.' Not everyone wants to work when they are sixteen but for those who do, more needs to be done.

The Jobs Market Is Booming - So Why Is Everyone So Gloomy?

Helen Barnard | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

Our analysis shows that she needs to do this with a comprehensive plan to ensure the country's economic prosperity goes beyond rising employment. It needs better skills, affordable childcare and housing and better pay and security for those who are struggling to get by for us all to feel better off. Otherwise, the post-Brexit gloom may struggle to clear, despite the rise and rise in employment.

Middle-income Families: Receiving More Benefits, Less Likely to Own Home

Jonathan Cribb | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Jonathan Cribb

We all know about differences between children from rich, poor and middle-income families. Or at least we think we do. But new research that we have undertaken at the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that these differences have changed dramatically. In terms of their sources of income and rates of home-ownership, middle-income families look much more like poorer families, and much less like high-income families, than they used to.

Protect Your Business: Lobby Against the Government's Plans to Ban Non-Competes

John Hayes | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
John Hayes

Some people assert that during May, June and July 2016 one or two things have happened in the political and legal world which may impact on business. ...

How Youth Work Helped Me to Start Again After Being Wounded in Service

Jimmy Thorpe | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Jimmy Thorpe

The day I was accepted into the Scots Guards was one of the proudest days of my life. I'd always wanted to join the army so I could follow in the family footsteps of my older brothers and felt very fortunate to be doing a job I enjoyed. It brought out the best in me and I worked harder than I ever had done before to establish myself and progress my career.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

It's All About the Workers Now

John Hayes | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
John Hayes

We must embrace a genuinely bottom-up view of civic entrepreneurship so that the workers are empowered to generate revenue and better their communities. It will be about education and collaborative (often local) partnerships to let many millions of flowers bloom. For the UK in 2016, it is the only way forward.

Brexit: It's Really Not Too Late

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Christie Elan-Cane

The emergence of Regrexit would be a befitting end to the tragicomedy except that historical parallels of social discontent would propel the UK into a much deeper and darker place. It does not have to end this way. Parliament can and should postpone Brexit and turn its attention towards addressing the root causes of our national discontent.

The Implications of Leave for the UK Workplace

John Hayes | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
John Hayes

This morning, Britain has voted to Leave the European Union. What does this mean for the UK workplace in terms of workplace rights? In short, Britain ...

Quiz: What Career Suits You Best?

Written by Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Discovering a career that best matches your talents, motivations, interests and personality has a huge influence on your future happiness. Work is whe...

Why We Need to Mind the Disability Gap

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Each week John* and his four colleagues meet with their manager to discuss workloads, responsibilities, and to decide exactly who does what task. This approach seeks to blend each individual's strengths and weaknesses across the whole team.