UK Employment

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...

One Of Britain's Biggest Supermarkets Just Did Something Brilliant For Its Staff

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

Morrisons has been praised for offering more than "warm words" for its workers by committing to pay the living wage for its workers from next March. ...

You're Hired! How to Get Your CV Noticed

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Swatee Jasoria

This September, over 500,000 graduates will enter the UK employment market. It's a staggering figure. And with competition for positions at the country's top firms so fierce, it has never been more important for candidates to think about how they can make their CV stand out from the rest...

Starbucks Has A Brilliant New Scheme To Help Generation Rent

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK

Starbucks has announced that it will help employees who rent properties to pay their deposits by offering an interest-free loan to cover the cost. ...

Lidl Is Doing Something Brilliant For Its Employees

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK

Lidl UK’s CEO has said he is “proud” of his employees as the company becomes the first British supermarket to pay its staff the living wage. ...

Confronting the Education Gap

One Young World | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

After meeting at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013, Vugar Adigozalov from Azerbaijan and Tamila Mukhamedyarova from Tajikistan combin...

Time to Zero in on Zero Hours Contracts

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Zero hours contracts are the Marmite of work: Loved or loathed. But are we doing enough to make them fair ? This is starting to matter. The number of...

Paid Less, Less Likely to Get Training or End Up With a Job - How Young Women Lose Out in Apprenticeships

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Carole Easton

Surely it is time to change things, time to offer a future to those young women who tell me they simply want a job, whose talents are being wasted by society and who are forced to rely on benefits when they could be contributing so much more to the economy?

New App Could Help Migrants Apply For Jobs With Only 'A Smartphone And A Smile'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2015 | UK

Migrants and refugees arriving in Europe could apply for jobs in their native language with a new app that means they only need a "smartphone and a sm...

Why Mental Health Matters to Me

Justin Tomlinson | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Politics
Justin Tomlinson

Almost a quarter of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance today have a mental health condition. For many, poor mental health will be the cause of their joblessness, for others it will be the effect. But regardless of which, these people need better support and we're going to do something about it. That's why we're investing £40m to introduce a range of pilots to find out how best we can support people with mental health conditions in looking for work. I want to bust some of the myths around this. I have heard it claimed that people will be forced into participating in these schemes. This is completely untrue.

The Rise of the Disabled Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Elizabeth Wright

I get a sense that there are a lot of frustrated people with disabilities, that genuinely feel that their skills and experience are disregarded in the job market because they are seen as purely a number, a tick in a tick box system.

Degrees - Are They Really Worth It?

Michelle Dewberry | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Michelle Dewberry

There needs to be a reconnect between higher education and the jobs economy. We need to make sure that people moving into higher education will actually be exiting the system with qualifications which are relevant and aligned with the jobs that businesses and the like are creating.

Does Your Workforce Reflect Your Customer Base?

Justin Tomlinson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Justin Tomlinson

This government is committed to working towards full employment in the UK - and people with disabilities are not excluded from this bold ambition. Businesses striving for success need to be proactive in snapping up this talent before their competitors do.

From Turning Up In Flip Flops To Quitting On Day One, Graduates 'Don't Have The Discipline They Need To Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Elise Metcalf | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

You spend years in the classroom, ceaseless facts and information needling its way into every nook and cranny of your brain until you slur algebra in ...

Teen Told She Couldn't Work Any More Hours At McDonald's - Because 'Black Staff Are Underperforming'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager who wanted to take on extra shifts at McDonald's to save for university says she was told by her boss she would not be able to because "she...

Clearing the Way: How Can Universities Remain Attractive in the Face of Financial Pressures and Corporate Alternatives?

Jon Bennett | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Jon Bennett

This week, the pressure is on for students to find a place and for universities to win them over. But after the mad rush to bring in last minute recruits will come the even bigger challenge; to compete successfully over the long term in a marketplace with more players and more competition than ever before.

Why Not Just Throw Those Uni Offers in the Bin This Results Day?

Adam Bradford | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

I turned my back on University to set up in business and with the help of support agencies in my hometown of Sheffield I have never looked back... In the 21st Century connected world, if you put your mind to it you can definitely achieve it. Get a mentor, approach employers, take part in training opportunities and good luck!

Helping the Disabled Enables Society

Teresa Scott | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

I work with many people who struggle with long-term disability and its impact upon their employment. Whilst they have some of the toughest obstacles to overcome because so much is beyond their control, they are often the most inspiring examples of determination.

Says Yes to TTIP

Lewis Worrow | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

The cost of losing this progress will be dear otherwise, a cost that will mostly be felt by consumers. It is time to say goodbye to import tariffs and restrictions on trade and welcome a more competitive Europe.

Ten Top Tips for Students to Make the Most Out of Their Summer

Greg Thompson | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Greg Thompson

With summer fast approaching for students, they are planning what to do, where to go and who to see. For teachers it's really important that students are also preparing for their next school, college or university term - so that's why the top tips below are connected to learning!

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

The Tory Myth of 'Full Employment' and the Reality: Austerity, 'Self-Employment', Chronic Underemployment and Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The unexpected Tory election victory last month no one seriously expected - least of all the Tory party - broke with the horror of a nightmare become ...

Most Common Job Hunting Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

The latest NEET figures show that one in eight young people are still not in education, employment or training. While there are many reasons for this, often, it can be simple things during the job application process that hold young people back. LifeSkills created with Barclays is a programme that aims to help young people build their employability skills and help them when they are applying for jobs. Below are some of the most common job hunting mistakes we see and tips on how to avoid them: