UK Employment

The Future of Work Is a Global Arms Race for Skills

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

The life of a zero hours employee is in many ways similar to that of a freelancer. Compare a graphic designer working in a company to a freelance designer. The freelancer has to hustle for new work, they need to network, they need to produce work, and they only ever get paid as each project is completed. They are paid only for their output...

Is It Ever OK to Ask About Parental Leave in a Job Interview?

Leigh Lafever-Ayer | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Lafever-Ayer

Recent legislation has introduced shared parental leave but women are as worried as ever about the impact of parenthood on their job and still believe having children will affect their career progression.

Mental Health and Employment Needs to Be on Everyone's Agenda

Paul Burstow | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We need mental health and employment support available for everyone who needs it, whether to help them stay in work or get back into the labour market. And we need to become a nation of mental health friendly employers, where staff are able to talk about mental health difficulties in the knowledge that they will not be discriminated against or passed over because of it.

A Third Of Employers Can Spot A Generic CV - And Other Careers Advice You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than three quarters of graduates are unhappy with the careers advice they have been given at university, with a mere 8% saying they felt confiden...

You Can't Be an Apprenticeship Champion Without Championing Business!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Over the past five years the business community has, with the help of subtle assistance from the government, arrived at a point where it can afford to invest in the future. However should Ed Miliband move into Number 10 those conditions would disappear, along with the apprenticeship revival.

Perception Is Reality: Are People Looking for Jobs That Don't Exist?

Ian Burke | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Ian Burke

People looking for their first job have long had a raw deal in the labour market. The effects of the financial crisis in 2008 meant employers disproportionately scaled back recruitment of entry level jobs and the most recent ONS statistics concerning those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) say there are still 954,000 young (16 -24) NEETs.

Is Tax Avoidance Really Normal?

Richard Bassford | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Bassford

Avoiding tax is evidently not the answer to addressing these issues of fairness.  It just exacerbates the problem; increasing inequality and placing the tax burden on those unable to avoid it, who may have the least to begin with.

How to Go from Employee to Entrepreneur

Neeta Patel | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

If you feel stuck in a rut with your current job and think you could do better job of running a company, here is some of my top advice on making the switch from employee to entrepreneur.

Could Flying With Emirates Be Your Dream Job?

Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Want to work around the world and base yourself in a sunny, fun-filled city? Flying with Emirates could be the ideal career for you. From humble b...

How to Build the Legacy of 'Time to Talk' Day

Louise Aston | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Aston

Thursday 5th February was Time to Talk Day, an annual reminder of the need to break the silence on mental health if we are to break its hold over us - one in four of us will experience some form of mental health issue each year, affecting the way we live both our personal and professional lives.

In the Blue

Lewis Worrow | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is clear that the Conservative Party's longer-term economic plan is working. They are cutting income tax for over 25 million people, saving the typical tax payer £705 a year. They are cutting the jobs tax saving businesses up to £2,000 enabling businesses to hire more people...

19 Celebrities With Surprising Employment Histories

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment

Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were slowly but steadily building their film career before they got an offer they couldn’t refuse working in te...

It's Time to Take Creative Subjects Seriously

Professor Anne Carlisle | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Anne Carlisle

Creative industries have hit an all-time high and are worth a phenomenal £77billion to the UK economy according to government figures out this month. Break that down further and that's £8.8million per hour; a number which highlights just how important this heavily growing sector is.

So, What's the Top Earning UK Careers? You Might Be Surprised

Paul Drury | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Drury

In the current economic climate it's so important to think about the nature of our work. More and more people are thinking about doing work that really matters.

I Do Not Want a Special Service Just Because I Am 'Disabled'

Simon Stevens | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

It is important to understand inclusion in terms of services to understand it should be the goal of service providers to make their services as inclusive as possible, and this involves examining their policies and procedures with a fine comb.

Tempted to Leave Your Job? Maybe You Need More Autonomy at Work.

Charlie Mowat | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I'm particularly interested in autonomy, the need people have to choose and be in control of the things they do. In the workplace, this means a sense of ownership over tasks.

Lessons on Defeat and Empire Building in Wolf Hall: how to be fired and come out smiling (or not)

Malory Nye | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malory Nye

That was over three years ago, and during that time the descent into the mental and physical decline that finished Wolsey has felt very familiar. Indeed, I am just a few years younger than Wolsey was at the time of his removal from office.

Time to Face up to Employee Fraud

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Blind trust is the belief that an employee with access to company accounts chooses to stay late and work weekends, unobserved, out of selfless devotion. Professional scepticism is what allows those motives to be questioned, possibly using discrete checks.

Why I See a Future in Feedback

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

Feedback. Yes, it's a big ask but it is also something that has the potential to transform young people's lives.

I Don't Want a Job Because I'm Gay, I Want It Because I'm Talented

Steven Stewart | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steven Stewart

You want a truly diverse workforce, you don't have people brought in because they fit a label, you bring them in because they're talented. It's a matter of pride and self-worth to refuse a job if you know you're only being offered it because you fit into a particular category.

If a Cycle of Debt and Low Demand is Prohibiting Economic Expansion Look to the Foreign Market for Growth

Peter Morgan | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Peter Morgan

Less public and private sector spending, or 'consumer consumption', leads to less need for manufacturing and service providing reducing levels of productivity, which is a decline in economic output.

The Ugly Side of the Service Industry

Zosia Eyres | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zosia Eyres

The zero hour contract means that staff can be cancelled from a shift at any time but if we cancel without 48 hours notice, money is docked from our pay - no matter the reason for absence. For those who are relying on money to pay rent, it can be a very stressful and difficult lifestyle.

More Needs to Be Done to End Unfair Internship Practices

Spencer Thompson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Spencer Thompson

Already there are thousands of unpaid interns struggling to make ends meet, and even more who are turned away from professions not because of their skills, but because of their economic background. If we want our workforce to be a reflection of society instead of inequality then we need to widen access to internships, improve their quality, and make sure they are paid.

Christian Nurse 'Disciplined' For Praying With Muslim Colleague

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK

A Christian nurse will take her NHS Trust to court over claims she was disciplined for "praying" for a Muslim colleague, which was deemed tantamount t...

Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Cottam | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Since the late 1970s when women started to return to work after having a family, the workplace has been forced to adapt to a larger and more senior female population. This has led to maternity leave, childcare vouchers, and a more flexible approach to working.