UK Employment

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.

Brexit? Try Jexit As Your Job Moves Abroad

Nick Stephenson | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Cameron cannot be surprised that the anger of his victims is uncontrollable, and having unleashed it he is unable to point it where he wants. The furious won't be harnessed, but their jobs may disappear to the EU if they vote to leave.

High Heels in the Workplace - A Deeper Concern?

Hannah Cottam | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

The recent news story of a female employee sent home from work for her refusal to wear heels for a nine-hour shift really struck a chord with me, as I'm sure it did for many female professionals. To hear that this archaic attitude is still acceptable in many industries, particularly those located in international business hubs such as London, is concerning.

The Sports Direct Shambles Shows Why the Law Alone Will Never Protect Workers

Rebecca Winson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

One of the great things about the trade union movement though, is that simply by existing it protects workers whether it's allowed into a workplace officially or not. By ensuring that a big enough stink was caused about Sports Direct that Ashley has been dragged in front of MPs, Unite have done more for Sports Direct workers than Ashley has ever even considered doing.

Get the Most Out of University - Study a Subject You Love

Karianne Robinson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

Choosing a subject to study at degree level is the first big hurdle in the university application process. Being able to make a strong, confident decision at this stage can make the whole application process easier and prevent concerns from growing about whether or not you've made the right decision. Unfortunately, it's rarely an easy decision to make when there are so many different considerations to bear in mind.

Social Advocacy - The New Grapevine on Steroids

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

So why is it we are happy to work with peer to peer reviews now in every other aspect of our lives but we still see the content of sites like Glassdoor as somehow "different"? I believe the answer lies in the complexity of how we think about the world of work.

The Future of Work Will Be Different

Tony Fish | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Tech
Tony Fish

Whilst we would like to think that our jobs, industries and income will not obey the basic rules of change, we would be naive to assume that the existing paradigm will remain. Most of us can remember the restrictions of our first, second and even current jobs but data suggests that how we currently work, versus how we will work in the future, is moving towards a new tipping point.

Tribunal Fees Are An Unjust Barrier to Women's Rights and Must Be Abolished

Angela Crawley | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Crawley

Action needs to be taken now. Women have waited three years for justice - they should not have to wait any longer. In due course Scottish women will rightfully no longer face the same financial barriers to access to tribunals - neither should any woman in the rest of the UK.

Six Reasons to Love Working Part Time

Laura Clark | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Clark

I always imagined I'd love being a stay-at-home-mum. Although I've always enjoyed working, and I'm pretty good at it, I've never been what you'd describe as a career girl. I assumed once I became a mum I would find my forte in life and never look back. I figured I would eventually go back to work part time but it would be because we needed the money, not because I actually wanted to return.

Why Aren't More Graduates Considering Careers With Start-Ups?

Morwenna Jones | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Morwenna Jones

Six months ago, I lost my job. Sitting in an office with the CEO and Founder of the company I'd been working for, I heard the words no graduate wants to hear: "We're sorry, but we can't keep you on".

London Receptionist 'Laughed At And Sent Home' For Not Wearing heels

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

A female temp worker says she was sent away from a top London financial company for refusing to wear high heels to the office. Nicola Thorpe, 27, who ...

Where Discrimination Thrives - Welcome to the World of the Military Family

Ray Lock | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Ray Lock

Imagine in a job interview you're asked whether you're planning to stick with your husband, who is serving in the Armed Forces. Imagine as a child you're sent to a different school every 2 years. Imagine you can't get a mobile phone contract, or a loan for a washing machine, or pay for anything by instalments because you don't have a decent enough credit rating. You don't have to imagine it - welcome to the world of the military family...

It Is Important to Know How to Employ Personal Assistants

Simon Stevens | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Employing personal assistants is not something to be considered lightly. When it goes wrong, it can be a living nightmare. But when it goes right, it can be extremely liberating. My guide tries to ensure that the latter is far more likely if you follow the advice provided.

Should Employees Be Kept on a Digital Leash?

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Most companies I worked for expected their employees to be accessible by email, skype or phone both during and outside of the working hours. In other words, I had to constantly check my devices to make sure I don't miss anything important.

Are Football Clubs the Last Bastion of Discrimination?

Amanda Jones | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Sport
Amanda Jones

It is not often that my two main interests in life collide. Now they have, but for all the wrong reasons. I'm an employment and discrimination lawyer, but I am also a lover of the beautiful game.

Reports of the Death of Jobs Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Seamus Nevin | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Tech
Seamus Nevin

Many people today, particularly younger generations, will work in jobs that do not exist yet, in industries that haven't been created. Most will change jobs multiple times and brief periods of unemployment, for people at all levels, will become more common. Consequently, there is a need to ensure better career guidance.