UK Employment

There Is No Such Thing as a Typical Tech Entrepreneur - Here's Proof

Neela Bettridge | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Tech
Neela Bettridge

It's the classic entrepreneur's dilemma: the bank has called in its loan, and you have two weeks to find a sizeable sum of money. What do you do? If you're Rebecca Harding, you take the dog for a walk. The irony of where she ended up that day -- at Beachy Head, a famous spot for suicides -- was not lost on her.

Employees Behaving Badly

Charles Elvin | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK
Charles Elvin

The corruption of the world's biggest currency dealers was exposed recently, leading to US and UK regulators imposing £2.6bn of fines on six major banks. Although an extreme example, what we have here is a prime illustration of how bad behaviour in the workplace can have incredibly serious consequences for the organisations involved.

How to Hire the Best People for Your Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

Often employers forget that they are surrounded by people who might just be looking to move jobs. If you do know someone, ask them if they want the job! You just never know, your perfect employee might be right under your nose!

Two Personal Allowances for Two Forms of Employment to Encourage Economic Growth?

Peter Morgan | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Peter Morgan

At the moment there is one personal tax allowance for all forms of employment. It doesn't matter whether the individual in question works for themselves, a corporation, an agency or the government they will only be entitled to one personal tax allowance, which has to be assessed and regulated to the Inland Revenue's specifications.

The Daily Mail Is Asking The Really Tough Questions

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK

The Daily Mail is asking the really tough questions. That's right... This is the REAL front page of tomorrow's Daily Mail. This is not a parody....

Putting Mental Health at the Centre of Debate

Paul Burstow | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

I am delighted to say we have committed to keeping mental health at the centre of the political debate - now let's hear everyone talking about it.

'The Foundation of Every State Is the Education of Its Youth' - Diogenes

Ian Baxter | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

I've been fortunate to attend five educational establishments in my life; one primary school, two secondary schools and two universities...

Four Ways to Get Headhunted

James Caan | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
James Caan

One of the most flattering things in the professional world is getting headhunted on behalf of a renowned company. If someone rings you out of the blue and takes an interest in you, it is a sure sign that you are doing all the right things in your current job. When I started my first headhunting firm many years ago, almost every time I approached a candidate on behalf of a prestigious company their self-esteem would instantly be boosted. It would be a very risky approach to sit back and purely wait to be headhunted but when great opportunities do present themselves over the course over a career it is always important to grasp them.

Is It Time for a New Classification for Employment That Reduces Regulation and Even Tax?

Peter Morgan | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Morgan

In this time of high unemployment and economic downturn it may be appropriate to look to a new way of dealing with running a small business that reduces the length of time of administration. One way of doing this is to offer a new classification of employment that enables an individual to operate a business free of regulation and possibly tax until their income passes into a higher threshold.

I'm Transgendered, It Works... I Can Still Work for You

Emma Flowers | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Flowers

I do not want special treatment. I do not want campaigns or petitions; I want to provide for myself and try to leave a legacy for my children. Well reported cases would give the impression that society is dealing with its prejudices. Sadly, it would appear that I am prevented from doing so by prejudiced attitudes that still prevail - no matter how many high profile cases hit the media.

What Can Disabled People Do When the Computer Says No?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Sometimes the system takes the flexibility of human judgement out of the equation, and we end up with a situation akin to the famous Little Britain sketch where the computer simply says no to everything.

The Oldest Part-Time Profession in the World? Students Turning to Prostitution

Ben Mawdsley | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Mawdsley

The oldest profession in the world is becoming the job of choice for some students across the country, using a variety of means to advertise themselves. ..

You're More Likely To Be In Work, But Your Pay Is Still Not Rising...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has welcomed official figures showing that the number of unemployed Britons has fallen below two million for the first time since 2008. ...

Adjusting to Nine to Five and Why I'm Not Shooting for the Moon

Ellie Lewis | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

When I think back to my summer, I see colours. Blue skies, turquoise seas, lush green, paired with saffron from the glowing sun in Europe and a smudge of brown from Glastonbury mud. I felt like I was beginning to get my own palette of the world and painting a picture of what it had to offer.

Is Immigration Needed If British People Won't Do Tough Jobs?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Lee Dalloway

The influx is placing a strain on our healthcare, welfare and housing systems. But there's also arguments that without immigrants our NHS in particular would collapse. Are we a nation of people too good for tough or 'menial' jobs? Or are we just letting in too many people to do them for us?

Don't Make Me Choose Between University and Vocational

Chris Jones | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Figures from UCAS show the number of students going to university with vocational qualifications is up. Good news. But as a result, universities are being accused of 'dumbing down' their entry requirements.

Learning About Feminism: My Mum and Laurie Penny

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ioan Marc Jones

My mum seemed to embody what I believed to be the stereotypically oppressed woman. In my youthful naivety, I assumed that nine to five employment was the sole source of female empowerment and that my mum had therefore abandoned any claim to feminism. I told her all this, of course, and she proceeded to correct my assumptions.

Why 'Investment in Jobs' Is a Route to Low Wages

Martin Whitlock | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

Miliband's speech was strong on recognising the problems that society faces: his enthusiasm for meeting "real people" on his walkabouts can leave him in little doubt that the crisis many face is a real one. But a nine pence an hour real increase in low wages over the five year term of a Labour government is no substitute for the far more radical solutions that will be necessary to achieve the social justice for which he clearly yearns.

Paying the Living Wage: How Transparency Makes It Happen

Charlie Mowat | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

In my last blog, I wrote about how the minimum wage should be legally increased to living wage levels. Since then, the living wage has remained on my ...

Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

Clare Pelham | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Pelham

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.

Why It's Time for Business to Talk About Britain's BAME Youth

Sandra Kerr | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Sandra Kerr

Businesses can inspire and inform the future workforce, as well as increase the scope of their ambitions and create recruitment pathways that don't leave them stuck on the first rung. We know this won't be quick or easy. But as things stand, there is a lack of genuine equal opportunity for British BAME employees of the future. There is no point continuing to ignore what may seem to be an uncomfortable conversation around race. Let's all get over that and start talking. Business and government need to take note and act now.

Brexit Can Be a Moderate Proposition

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

As British exit becomes more likely, all interest groups should consider the merits and drawbacks of leaving the EU and how they should be addressed. Questions of free trade, Britain's stance on the world stage and domestic policy can all be overcome. It's best that they're overcome together.

Is a 2:1 the 'Golden Ticket' to Success?

Samantha Booth | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Booth

"What businesses tell us is that they don't trust qualifications as a whole. Of a survey of 6,000 businesses, only 45% said they were very or fairly confident of taking on a graduate."... "A lot of people have degrees now but if they got below a 2:1, I would be looking for the reasons why."

Are Universities Fudging Employment Figures?

Nick Chowdrey | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Chowdrey

Because there is no public overseer, there is no one to take genuinely impartial responsibility for making sure that employment figures are accurate. The result is that thousands of students a year could be relying on misrepresented information to make one of the most important decisions in their lives.

Improving School Careers Advice for Students

Pete Edge | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

Schools often place such an emphasis on getting their students moved on to university that they neglect the members of each year group who either don't want to go to university or don't have the grades to do so.