UK Employment

Celebrating Senior Citizens' Day

Chris Ball | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ball

The dice falls unevenly and the inequalities in society could hardly be more vividly expressed than in the health and dignity of older people in later life. Not all the years of extra life we are enjoying will be in good health.

You Don't Succeed By Working 130 Hours Each Week

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Mark Hillary

There are 168 hours in total in one week. If you sleep for eight hours each night then the total time left in a week is just 112 hours - less that the 130 hours that Mayer suggests it is possible to be at work. The idea that working all night is something that should be regularly expected is also nonsense.

Redundancy - To Hell And Back To The Future

Cerys Aedy | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

These days I'm hearing more and more about the stress and heartache redundancy brings, so I decided to write a very personal piece reflecting the gamut of emotions I experienced whilst going through this very same process.

From Priti to Penny - Inheritance Issues and Insurance Policies

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

The new DWP Ministerial team has arrived as storm clouds gather. Stephen is spending more time with his family; whilst Priti is promoted. In their place we have a surfeit of Damians and a Penny, all settling down to bulging in-trays.

An Open Letter to Our Government: Early Years Needs Your Help

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Today nurseries are part of the infrastructure of a modern society. We merit the support of a government and politicians who, instead of spending time on their ideological battleground, should be supporting those people trying to run businesses which enable ordinary working families to work.

Mad Men? Alive and Well and Still Maddenignly Sexist

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

So, gender prejudice in the workplace is dead? I think not, if the off-message comments of advertising agency head Kevin Roberts are a guide. It's actually a pesky virus that just got smarter.

Why Work Experience Is Really Important For Young People

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vikram Kumar Khosla

The Government should ensure that businesses do more for us because even if we don't have the adequate training required, we can always learn new things like we normally do seven hours a day at school. The former employment minister Priti Patel believes that we should 'step away from the selfie sticks and put down Snapchat and do some work experience.' Not everyone wants to work when they are sixteen but for those who do, more needs to be done.

The Jobs Market Is Booming - So Why Is Everyone So Gloomy?

Helen Barnard | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

Our analysis shows that she needs to do this with a comprehensive plan to ensure the country's economic prosperity goes beyond rising employment. It needs better skills, affordable childcare and housing and better pay and security for those who are struggling to get by for us all to feel better off. Otherwise, the post-Brexit gloom may struggle to clear, despite the rise and rise in employment.

Middle-income Families: Receiving More Benefits, Less Likely to Own Home

Jonathan Cribb | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Jonathan Cribb

We all know about differences between children from rich, poor and middle-income families. Or at least we think we do. But new research that we have undertaken at the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that these differences have changed dramatically. In terms of their sources of income and rates of home-ownership, middle-income families look much more like poorer families, and much less like high-income families, than they used to.

Protect Your Business: Lobby Against the Government's Plans to Ban Non-Competes

John Hayes | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
John Hayes

Some people assert that during May, June and July 2016 one or two things have happened in the political and legal world which may impact on business. ...

How Youth Work Helped Me to Start Again After Being Wounded in Service

Jimmy Thorpe | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Jimmy Thorpe

The day I was accepted into the Scots Guards was one of the proudest days of my life. I'd always wanted to join the army so I could follow in the family footsteps of my older brothers and felt very fortunate to be doing a job I enjoyed. It brought out the best in me and I worked harder than I ever had done before to establish myself and progress my career.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

It's All About the Workers Now

John Hayes | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
John Hayes

We must embrace a genuinely bottom-up view of civic entrepreneurship so that the workers are empowered to generate revenue and better their communities. It will be about education and collaborative (often local) partnerships to let many millions of flowers bloom. For the UK in 2016, it is the only way forward.

Brexit: It's Really Not Too Late

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Christie Elan-Cane

The emergence of Regrexit would be a befitting end to the tragicomedy except that historical parallels of social discontent would propel the UK into a much deeper and darker place. It does not have to end this way. Parliament can and should postpone Brexit and turn its attention towards addressing the root causes of our national discontent.

The Implications of Leave for the UK Workplace

John Hayes | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
John Hayes

This morning, Britain has voted to Leave the European Union. What does this mean for the UK workplace in terms of workplace rights? In short, Britain ...

Quiz: What Career Suits You Best?

Written by Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Discovering a career that best matches your talents, motivations, interests and personality has a huge influence on your future happiness. Work is whe...

Why We Need to Mind the Disability Gap

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Each week John* and his four colleagues meet with their manager to discuss workloads, responsibilities, and to decide exactly who does what task. This approach seeks to blend each individual's strengths and weaknesses across the whole team.

Brexit? Try Jexit As Your Job Moves Abroad

Nick Stephenson | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Cameron cannot be surprised that the anger of his victims is uncontrollable, and having unleashed it he is unable to point it where he wants. The furious won't be harnessed, but their jobs may disappear to the EU if they vote to leave.

High Heels in the Workplace - A Deeper Concern?

Hannah Cottam | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

The recent news story of a female employee sent home from work for her refusal to wear heels for a nine-hour shift really struck a chord with me, as I'm sure it did for many female professionals. To hear that this archaic attitude is still acceptable in many industries, particularly those located in international business hubs such as London, is concerning.

The Sports Direct Shambles Shows Why the Law Alone Will Never Protect Workers

Rebecca Winson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

One of the great things about the trade union movement though, is that simply by existing it protects workers whether it's allowed into a workplace officially or not. By ensuring that a big enough stink was caused about Sports Direct that Ashley has been dragged in front of MPs, Unite have done more for Sports Direct workers than Ashley has ever even considered doing.

Get the Most Out of University - Study a Subject You Love

Karianne Robinson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

Choosing a subject to study at degree level is the first big hurdle in the university application process. Being able to make a strong, confident decision at this stage can make the whole application process easier and prevent concerns from growing about whether or not you've made the right decision. Unfortunately, it's rarely an easy decision to make when there are so many different considerations to bear in mind.

Social Advocacy - The New Grapevine on Steroids

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

So why is it we are happy to work with peer to peer reviews now in every other aspect of our lives but we still see the content of sites like Glassdoor as somehow "different"? I believe the answer lies in the complexity of how we think about the world of work.

The Future of Work Will Be Different

Tony Fish | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Tech
Tony Fish

Whilst we would like to think that our jobs, industries and income will not obey the basic rules of change, we would be naive to assume that the existing paradigm will remain. Most of us can remember the restrictions of our first, second and even current jobs but data suggests that how we currently work, versus how we will work in the future, is moving towards a new tipping point.

Tribunal Fees Are An Unjust Barrier to Women's Rights and Must Be Abolished

Angela Crawley | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Crawley

Action needs to be taken now. Women have waited three years for justice - they should not have to wait any longer. In due course Scottish women will rightfully no longer face the same financial barriers to access to tribunals - neither should any woman in the rest of the UK.

Six Reasons to Love Working Part Time

Laura Clark | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Clark

I always imagined I'd love being a stay-at-home-mum. Although I've always enjoyed working, and I'm pretty good at it, I've never been what you'd describe as a career girl. I assumed once I became a mum I would find my forte in life and never look back. I figured I would eventually go back to work part time but it would be because we needed the money, not because I actually wanted to return.