UK Employment

Hope for Prison Reform

James Timpson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
James Timpson

We can't keep locking up 85,000 people today knowing that hardly any of them will manage to find work and that around 50% of them will be back in again within a year of release. There are currently too many people in prison, and we have a system that seems to keep bringing them back there time and time again--that has to stop. Prison reform means fewer prisons and better prisoners.

Are you ready to choose pain?

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

So it's that time of the year again - or more specifically a new year again - and we all have a tendency to think about what we want to make happen, what we want to prioritise and very often key things we want to improve or change.

This Could Be The Reason Why People Under 35 Are Completely Screwed

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

People under 35 are more likely to put their trust in estate agents and government ministers than older people, according to research which reveals su...

Penguin Random House Publishers Has Just Announced It's Scrapping Degree Requirements For Its Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

One of the UK's largest publishing companies has announced it is removing any requirement for a university degree from all of its new jobs, in order t...

Exporting Employment Strategies Around the World

Priti Patel | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK Politics
Priti Patel

Our nation's success on creating jobs and getting people into work has not gone unnoticed by the world. That's why we will be leading the way on the O...

Woman Sacked By DWP 'For Taking Too Much Time Off For Treatment For Terminal Cancer'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK

A cancer patient claims that she was fired by the Department of Work and Pensions because she took too much time off work for her treatment. Paulin...

How to Make 2016 a Year of Social Change for Disabled People

Vicky McDermott | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

As we move into 2016 the charity sector requires renewed leadership that harnesses the innovative ideas that exist across the different causes that we champion. For me, I will be working closely with other disability and social care charities to ensure that 2016 is the year in which innovation helps to end institutionalisation for disabled people.

Make Flexible Working A New Year's Resolution

Aileen Campbell | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

We know many parents and carers have to juggle work with family commitments. That is one of the reasons why the Scottish Government has expanded free annual early learning and childcare to 600 hours a year for all three and four year olds and some two year olds.

Would Unlimited Staff Holidays Boost Your Bottom Line?

Stephen Canning | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Stephen Canning

Ubiquitous connectivity means that staff actually tends to work for an incalculable amount of time, answering phone calls and emails, checking their work and continuing on unfinished projects at odd hours.

Government Has Listened to Papworth Trust Over Work Choice - Now They Must Go Further to Halve the Disability Employment Gap

Vicky McDermott | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

Buried beneath the commotion of the tax credit u-turn and Chairman Mao's little red book that accompanied last months' comprehensive spending review, ...

How Coffee Is Helping Once Homeless People Get Back On Their Feet

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

A new coffee brand, styled on the The Big Issue magazine, is set to help once homeless people get started on a new career. Change Please coffee wil...

The Zero-Hours Contracts Debate Needs Rekindling

James Cropper | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

It is for this reason that the debate surrounding zero-hours contracts must be rekindled as their very genetics are exploitative and biased towards employers. In simple, there must be an alternative to this system. A system where 740,000 individuals could wake up everyday without the worry of not being able to work and subsequently be left with no money.

The World's Young People Speak, Now We Need to Listen

Denise Hatton | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Denise Hatton

There is a story going on every day that goes untold, the story of injustices against young people. It is for this reason that 18 months ago YMCA embarked on a mission to change this, to speak to young people all over the world to hear about their lives and dreams, their threats and fears.

The Business of Education Is Education for Business

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

I can confirm that Milton Keynes College didn't win an award this week, but we helped. The Spirit Pub Company is one of the UK's foremost hospitali...

Mental Health, Employment and the Use of Sanctions: What the Evidence Tells Us

Andy Bell | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Bell

The number of people with mental health problems being given benefit sanctions is rising rapidly, according to figures reported in The Independent this week. In the same week, a call on the Government to review the impact of sanctions on people with mental health problems was refused, despite growing anecdotal evidence of the risks they can pose.

Daily Mail Commenters Can't Decide If They Hate Migrants More With Or Without Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK

Daily Mail commenters are struggling to decide just what they detest more: migrants who come to the UK and claim benefits or those who arrive here and...

Moving Beyond Pay

Stephen Howard | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Howard

With the Chancellor introducing a new National Living Wage from April 2016 and the revised voluntary Living Wage rates published this week, low pay is firmly placed on the boardroom and political agenda.

Britain Needs Smarter, Not Harsher, Immigration Policies

Dr Julia Halej | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julia Halej

High net migration is a reality and - whether we like it or not - this trend will continue in the coming decades. If national and local government accept and prepare for this fact - rather than live in a state of denial - there is much they can do to address local imbalances, pre-empt and alleviate pressures on services, and help ease public concerns.

Lord Heseltine Says It's As 'Good A Time' As Any For Steelworkers To Lose Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 25.10.2015 | UK

Tory former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has been called "insulting" and ignorant after saying it is "probably as good a time" as any for UK s...

Counting the Cost, Why Should Anyone Care If FE Disappears?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

It seems certain that the regional reviews currently being carried out in the FE sector will result in some colleges disappearing altogether. There a...

Family Infrastructure Is Just as Important as National Infrastructure - Let's Keep Sunday Trading Hours as They Are

Fiona Bruce | Posted 18.10.2015 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

Shopping is ever-present in our lives, in the technology we use and places we socialise. We already have 150 hours a week to shop - do we really need more? Only one in eight people believe there isn't currently enough time to shop in the week.

Sandi Toksvig Takes The Tories To Task

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK

Sandi Toksvig has slammed the Conservatives over employment tribunal fees, claiming they send “a message to bosses that it’s safe to discriminate,...

Under 25 and Undervalued?

Abby McGrory | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abby McGrory

During the Conservative Party Conference this week, Government Minister Matthew Hancock stated that under 25s "are not as productive, on average" and so won't have the minimum wage rates raised for them. Speaking as an under 25 year old, I find the claim to be both infuriating and very disappointing...

The Alternative Guide to Getting Ahead

Craig Butler | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Butler

Your 20th year should be an exciting one; a time when you stand on your own two feet after university and start to build your career while enjoying the freedom of being young and carefree. But the sad truth is that today, 1 in 6 young people in the UK are struggling to find work, education or training.

Dear Jeremy Hunt: 6 Reasons British Workers Shouldn't Emulate The US And China

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has suggested that British workers ought to take a leaf out of the book of American and Chinese employees in a bid to boost productivity i...