UK Employment

Building the talent pool of the future

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

It was demoralising to see The Times' report that "almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university." Once again, a 'mismatch' between what graduates can offer and the knowledge and skills asked for by employers has been blamed.

The Three Unwritten Rules of Graduate Employment

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rajeeb Dey

With thousands of students graduating this summer I wanted to share three rules which you should and need to follow to insure that you rise above your peers and get your dream internship or secure your ideal graduate job.

Top Tories Want Iain Duncan Smith To Shut All Jobcentres

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Br...

What Do the Prime Minister, the BBC and the National Union of Students Have in Common?

Clare Pelham | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

We know that disabled people have the potential, drive and desire to be our country's future leaders or entrepreneurs if they are given the chance. We also know that our best companies value talent and we're delighted to be able to connect the two. And we welcome support from anyone - NUS, Prime Minister or BBC - with the common sense to make common cause with us.

Why I Didn't Watch Brazil vs Germany

Stephen Howard | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Howard

For now, there is still progress to be made. We want many more businesses to join the move to creating an enhanced contract with society and harness the influence and reach of their businesses to tackle key issues. In return businesses will unlock innovation, growth and long term opportunities. It's a win-win and it's time that every business recognised this.

Inequality in the UK Is Now a Massive Problem

John Mills | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

How can we reverse this inequality between the rich and the poor, and the North and the South in the UK? We must take bold economic steps to realign our currency to make British goods affordable and desirable for the rest of the world. If we had a more competitive pound, manufacturing would expand, creating more jobs for reasonable rates of pay across the whole country.

Corporates Not Paying Staff Overtime Are A Bunch Of Robbing Criminals!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

What I'd like to know is, do these workers ever consider all the time they waste on internet shopping, booking holidays, talking to their mums and friends, surfing social media, nipping out for an extra unscripted fag or loo break?

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Zero Hour Contracts, the Impoverished Elephant in the Room

Tom Johnson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Outlaw zero hours contracts and instead ensure that any individual entering a work contract is given a legal guarantee of the number of the minimum number of hours they should be required to work. It might increase the costs for corporations and may in the short term lead to a rise in unemployment, but if the economy is growing as fabulously as George Osborne announces, then the number of jobs should increase to combat this problem.

Another Woman Makes it to the Board - But Many More Still Need Quotas to Get There

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

We are not near dealing with unconscious bias, let alone welcoming anything historic. Until we level the playing field with temporary quotas women making it to boards is still going to make the news. We need it to pass almost unnoticed for the job to be done.

Graduate Salaries: What You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

When looking at graduate jobs, the potential salary is likely to be one of the first things to catch your eye. For some students, earning as much ...

The Tories Are Looking For A 'Well-Groomed' And Unpaid Intern

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

David Cameron once said staff employed for nothing are open to exploitation. Last year, the prime minister threw his weight behind a TV campaign th...

When Economic 'Recovery' Is Accompanied By Increased Homelessness and Hunger, We Need to Reassess Our Economic Indicators

Keith Taylor | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Rather than celebrating some abstract figure, the Greens are serious about creating an economy which serves the common good; an economy based on secure jobs that pay and enable people to live full lives.

Older and Wiser? Give Women in Their 50s a Chance

Geri Richards | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Geri Richards

Take a quick look around your office - how many desks are occupied by women over 50? I know that the 'fairer sex' are supposedly sensitive about revealing their ages but the issue of unemployment in the over 50s is not something to be coy about.

Inflation Is Falling, But So Is Your Pay Packet

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics

Inflation has fallen to its lowest rate in four and a half years according to official figures, but it is still eating away at Britons' pay packets. ...

Employ Someone Illegally and You Will Pay the Price

Katrina Cooper | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Katrina Cooper

Is it just me and the fact that I have my Google alerts set to pick up all immigration-related articles, or is immigration the word on everyone's lips? With the EU election having just past and the UK election being less than 12 months away, immigration will continue to be the buzz word on the political frontline for some time to come.

Asa Bennett

Ukip Talk 'Ridiculous Nonsense' About Migrants, Says Cobra Beer Boss

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip and party leader Nigel Farage peddle "ridiculous nonsense" about the impact immigrants have on Britain, Cobra Beer boss Lord Bilimoria has said. ...

Your Pay Is Falling Even More (Due To Bankers)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's political boost today from figures showing an increasing number of Britons in work has been undermined by data claiming Britons' pay ...

Supporting Outcomes Together

Simon Stevens | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have been a user of the welfare state and social care most of my life as well as being involved in its development in one way or another from many perspectives, and this has provided me an broad insight to its strengths and weaknesses, and how it could be developed for the benefit of everyone, providing a system suitable for the 21st Century.

Asa Bennett

Migrants Rob Native Brits' Jobs? 'Nonsense', Says Dragon Theo

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has issued a robust defence of immigrants' contribution to the UK, rubbishing claims that they take native Brit...

The Employers That Don't Even Pay Minimum Wage

PA | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

Employers who failed to pay their staff the national minimum wage have been "named and shamed" by the Government as part of a new crackdown. A tota...

More Bad News For BBC Staff

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

The BBC will reportedly cut as many as 600 jobs in its news and radio divisions over the next two years. Although a definite number of job losses i...

Does the Attitude Survey Show the Real Level of Racism in the UK?

Bob Morgan | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

Understandably the findings of a recent Attitude Survey - that people in the UK are reporting that they have more racist attitudes in 2013 than before - has been the subject of comment and debate. But how useful is this information?

One Simple Way to Regain Trust

Chris Jones | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

The Edelman Trust Barometer found that 84 per cent of those surveyed think business can pursue its self-interest whilst doing good work for society. Giving young people a chance is a crucial part of doing good, and helps build trust externally and internally.

Is Business Responsible for Income Inequality?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

If the CBI and its member companies do indeed actively live up to that pledge without the need for government arm twisting, we can all hope for better times to come.