UK Employment

'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 25.09.2014 | 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 23.09.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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.

Everyone's Going to Uni, But It's Not the Only Way Into a Career

Simon Perriton | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Perriton

With GCSE and A-Level results fresh in the hands of thousands of young people in the UK this week, it's important for students and their parents to be aware of the wide spectrum of available options. University will rightly continue to be a place for generations to continue their education, but it's naive to think of it as a 'one stop shop' for getting onto the career ladder.

International Students Research Finds Public More Interested in Talent Than Targets

Heather Rolfe | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Heather Rolfe

There is support for international students among the general public who both recognise the benefits they bring and believe we should make use of their skills and talent... 'International students should be allowed to stay and work in Britain after graduating from British universities, using their skills for the benefit of our economy, for at least a period of time'.

The Terror of Austerity: How the Coalition's Cuts Are Killing Us

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Louisa Ackermann

When people steal from the state through benefit fraud (usually out of desperation), there's public outcry. But when the state steals from the people by failing to provide even a basic standard of living, whilst corruption and tax evasion runs unchecked, we're told it's all part of a necessary strategy for economic recovery.

The Support I Get So That I Can Work Might Be Taken Away

Julie Fernandez | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julie Fernandez

I'm disabled, I work six days a week running my own craft business, and I employ 11 people. I also have a successful media career. I'm only able to do all of this because I get support under the government's Access to Work scheme - but I'm totally stressed out at the moment because it's under review and I've been told that it might be taken away.

What Kind of Growth Do You Want?

Phil Shanks | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

All the indicators suggest to me that the growth that we have is almost entirely due to the velocity of cash within the economy. The more times a pound is spent and re spent the greater the flow and this has an upward effect on growth.

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Over University

Lewis Lebentz | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Lebentz

I am earning money already and learning how to manage my finances. Whereas if I had gone to University, I would have around £66k debt to pay! To make matters worse, Computer Science graduates are earning less every year, they are earning on average £2,261 less today than in 2007. Instead, I will have earned over £66k creating a difference of over £132k!