UK Employment

We Should Push Disabled People To Achieve Their Potential

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Simon Stevens

It is often said generally that it is wrong to judge people with impairments, or indeed anyone else, solely in terms of ability to do paid work as the...

Is Self-Employment Becoming The New 'Nine To Five'?

Jackie Leiper | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Leiper

With the flexibility of choosing your own hours, it's easy to see the attraction. But new insights from Scottish Widows' think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family, show it may be having a negative impact on family life in the UK.

I Gave You This Job To Try And Help You

Ellie May Forrester | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie May Forrester

"I gave you this job to try and help you", said one of my previous employers. These words hit me hard and I felt extremely patronised and saddened. The fact that, as a disabled person, I should have only been given a job out of pity, not based on my ability, goes to the heart of the problem.

Wage Against The Machine: Why We're Destined To Fight AI For Our Jobs

Dan Rogers | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

When it comes to AI and jobs, there's two theories on how things will end up. Optimists will tell you that man and machine can coexist, be better together and live harmoniously. Others say new tech will leave millions unemployed.

When It Comes To Business And Enterprise, What Is More Important To Your Business - Education Or Experience?

Andrew Jervis | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Andrew Jervis

Education vs experience It's an age old dilemma that employers like me have faced for many years. Should I value a candidate with a relevant qualific...

Expert Wanted - Must Have No Experience

Iain Hunter | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Iain Hunter

The sobriquets of 'old pro' and 'been doing it for years' are no longer the badges of honour of diligent, inspiring professionals who've dedicated years to becoming masters of their craft. Instead they're journeymen and women.

Give It Away, There's Much More Where That Came From

Malcolm Levene | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Malcolm Levene

A few years ago I was presenting a workshop to an executive team of a prominent investment bank. At that time, the banking industry was on a high... ...

Getting Over The New Job Itch

Geoff Smith | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Geoff Smith

With January becoming the most popular month for people to job hunt, many employees will currently be feeling the repercussions of employees who have ...

AI Is About Business Opportunity, Not Killing All Humans

Matt Jones | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Jones

Reading recent media coverage, one would be forgiven for thinking those working in Artificial Intelligence are racing to create sentient robot overlords, with little regard for whether they may overthrow us and steal our jobs.

Why Social Care Needs To Be Part Of The New, Modern Industrial Strategy

Helena Herklots | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Herklots

The Government launched its new draft Industrial Strategy this week and, at first sight, it might seem strange to suggest that social care should be part of it. Where does social care fit in a strategy that talks about aerospace, oil and gas, engineering, transport and the like? But both as an industry itself, and as a vital part of the nation's infrastructure, social care should be there.

The Future Of Work

Professor Ursula Huws | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Ursula Huws

Human labour is also used in warehouses, with workers instructed via headsets where to run, with every action timed and monitored. A visitor from another planet watching them at work might think that humans are servants of the technology, rather than technology serving the people.

Losing My Job Meant I Found A Life

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

I still think about my own painful times, but learned from the job loss journey that you can have it all and suddenly have nothing; and also that with the right help, someone who has nothing can be given that most precious thing of all: their life.

Will AI Bless Us With A 15 Hour Work-Week, Or Turn Us Into Paperclips?

Dan Rogers | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

Technology-driven unemployment is no longer just an ailment of low-income households. No job is safe. There are now AI lawyers, AI accountants, and AI financial advisors. Even AI hedge fund managers. So much money is now being spent on technology that Gartner estimates many companies spend more on marketing technology than they do on actual marketing.

Let Us Fight Inequality To Create A Better Britain

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

No community should be left to falter in 21st century Britain. Since Brexit, Prime Minister May has been talking about an inclusive Britain. It is time our government comes up with practical sustainable plans with measurable objectives to tackle the inequalities faced by disadvantaged groups like Muslims.

Change The Way You See Yourself, To Beat Creative Block

Leila Johnston | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

The best thing when you're feeling creatively blocked, in my experience, is anything. Leave your immediate surroundings and make yourself act on an id...

2017 Needs To Be The Year Major Improvements Are Made For People With A Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Ismail Kaji

There is a big opportunity with employment. As someone with a learning disability, I know the struggles of finding work. Employers rarely seem to see past learning disability on your application, and employers are not confident enough to employ people with a learning disability.

Justice In 2017 - Nice If You Can Afford It

Justin Madders | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

During the referendum campaign, we saw that telling someone on a zero-hours contract or in agency work that there is a risk to their job from Brexit was futile. Until we begin to address these issues and reinstate the concept of secure employment, we will stand no chance of rebuilding our fractured society.

The Downside Of Temping

Kanarian Kindred | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Kanarian Kindred

In closing, by no means am I writing this to bash the staffing agency. I temped for a number of years, and have met my share of good recruiters out here working hard. This is just a listing of certain things people need to be mindful of when working a temp assignment..

Ongoing Workplace Discrimination Of Highly Educated British-Bangladeshi Women

Shahida Rahman | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK
Shahida Rahman

A report by the government's Social Mobility Commission, published on 28 December 2016, has found that British children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi b...

Students Backing Out Of Job Offers Mean Companies Fail To Fill Half Of Graduate Roles

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Banks, accountants and engineering firms are all struggling to fill graduate roles and students backing out of job offers are partly to blame, researc...

Unfortunately, Sweden's Six-Hour Work Day Didn't Quite Turn Out As Hoped

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK

Many were jealous when it was announced that a number of businesses in Sweden would be trialling a six-hour day. But unfortunately what seemed like a ...

Work And Health: Time For Some New Year Resolutions

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Politics
Rhidian Hughes

The focus is on moving people off benefits, not on them sustaining employment. This needs to change. We need a progressive approach to supporting more disabled people into employment. That, to me, is one New Year's resolution worth making.

Top-Performing Asian Students Face Unemployment, Despite Beating White Peers At School

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Young Asian workers are significantly less likely than their white peers to be offered top jobs despite doing better at school, a study has found. T...

Why You Should Quit Your Job In 2017

Claire Beveridge | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Claire Beveridge

Ultimately, there will never be a perfect moment to quit your job. Unless you land a huge freelance contract whilst you're still employed, chances are you're better off looking for a good moment rather than the perfect one. So what are you waiting for?

Freelance Creatives: Give Yourself A Promotion In 2017

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?