UK Employment

Will Today's Radical Overhaul of Social Care Make Life Better for Disabled People?

Richard Hawkes | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Hawkes

Today, sweeping changes to the care system - the biggest for more than 50 years - come into force. I welcome many of the reforms. However, the new Care Act can only go so far. Because three big issues sit behind it. The first is that, currently, not everyone who needs care gets it.

Writers' Lament: Conditions Worsen for Those in Britain's Favourite Job

Sara Sheridan | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, wrote a blog piece recently about the disturbing practice arising at some book festivals, where authors are not paid for appearing. Her rallying cry was taken up by the Bookseller and the Society of Authors, which recently published guidelines about the level at which authors should peg event fees.

A Winning Election Campaign Can't Ignore the Digital Economy

Anthony Sherick | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Tech
Anthony Sherick

There were a number of nods made to the technology industry during Osborne's speech last Wednesday, including pledges to fund the development of applications for the Internet of Things, smart cities and driverless cars. Yet while the boost was well received, there seemed to be little understanding of the real challenges currently facing the digital sector.

We Need to Take Stock and Reflect on Conditionality

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

Both in life and government we're often so busy 'doing', we sometimes do not take sufficient time to pause and reflect. This can be less of an issue in life, when a failure to reflect might mean you still buy paper copies of a newspaper when, in fact, you mainly read it on your phone. However, in government, a failure to reflect can have widespread ramifications across many lives.

A Budget for Helicopters, Church Roofs and Video Gamers but Not for Skills

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

The Chancellor had a good tale to tell about falling unemployment, falling welfare bills, growth in output and living standards. He talked repeatedly about how the government of which he is a member is "fixing the roof as the sun begins to shine." The problem is, if we're not able to train people to do the job, he may find himself having to fix his own roof.

Government Needs to Decide if Skills Funding Really is a Priority

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Why should a skilled engineer come to work for us to teach when we can't pay them anything like what they would earn working in industry? Would you do it?

More Engineers are Essential to Sustaining UK Economic Growth

Keith Lewis | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Tech
Keith Lewis

As we move toward the 2015 General Election the issue of the engineering skills shortage in the UK needs to be addressed by government as well as the industry itself. Failure to tackle this will create a structural weakness that limits Britain's ability to continue growing.

All in Your Head? Protecting Your Mental Health at Work

Rhiannon Dance | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rhiannon Dance

It started years back with small things. In meetings I noticed I would feel panicky if I wasn't sat by the door- I felt trapped in the room, as if everyone's eyes were on me. I much preferred to be at my desk, head down, getting on with my work.

Louise Ridley

'This Is The Best Economic News In Human History'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

An MIT director and business expert has revealed “the best economic news in human history,” claiming that we're on the brink of the possibility of...

The Future of Work Is a Global Arms Race for Skills

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

The life of a zero hours employee is in many ways similar to that of a freelancer. Compare a graphic designer working in a company to a freelance designer. The freelancer has to hustle for new work, they need to network, they need to produce work, and they only ever get paid as each project is completed. They are paid only for their output...

Is It Ever OK to Ask About Parental Leave in a Job Interview?

Leigh Lafever-Ayer | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Lafever-Ayer

Recent legislation has introduced shared parental leave but women are as worried as ever about the impact of parenthood on their job and still believe having children will affect their career progression.

Mental Health and Employment Needs to Be on Everyone's Agenda

Paul Burstow | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We need mental health and employment support available for everyone who needs it, whether to help them stay in work or get back into the labour market. And we need to become a nation of mental health friendly employers, where staff are able to talk about mental health difficulties in the knowledge that they will not be discriminated against or passed over because of it.

A Third Of Employers Can Spot A Generic CV - And Other Careers Advice You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than three quarters of graduates are unhappy with the careers advice they have been given at university, with a mere 8% saying they felt confiden...

You Can't Be an Apprenticeship Champion Without Championing Business!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Over the past five years the business community has, with the help of subtle assistance from the government, arrived at a point where it can afford to invest in the future. However should Ed Miliband move into Number 10 those conditions would disappear, along with the apprenticeship revival.

Perception Is Reality: Are People Looking for Jobs That Don't Exist?

Ian Burke | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Ian Burke

People looking for their first job have long had a raw deal in the labour market. The effects of the financial crisis in 2008 meant employers disproportionately scaled back recruitment of entry level jobs and the most recent ONS statistics concerning those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) say there are still 954,000 young (16 -24) NEETs.

Is Tax Avoidance Really Normal?

Richard Bassford | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Bassford

Avoiding tax is evidently not the answer to addressing these issues of fairness.  It just exacerbates the problem; increasing inequality and placing the tax burden on those unable to avoid it, who may have the least to begin with.

How to Go from Employee to Entrepreneur

Neeta Patel | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

If you feel stuck in a rut with your current job and think you could do better job of running a company, here is some of my top advice on making the switch from employee to entrepreneur.

Could Flying With Emirates Be Your Dream Job?

Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Want to work around the world and base yourself in a sunny, fun-filled city? Flying with Emirates could be the ideal career for you. From humble b...

How to Build the Legacy of 'Time to Talk' Day

Louise Aston | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Aston

Thursday 5th February was Time to Talk Day, an annual reminder of the need to break the silence on mental health if we are to break its hold over us - one in four of us will experience some form of mental health issue each year, affecting the way we live both our personal and professional lives.

In the Blue

Lewis Worrow | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is clear that the Conservative Party's longer-term economic plan is working. They are cutting income tax for over 25 million people, saving the typical tax payer £705 a year. They are cutting the jobs tax saving businesses up to £2,000 enabling businesses to hire more people...

19 Celebrities With Surprising Employment Histories

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment

Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were slowly but steadily building their film career before they got an offer they couldn’t refuse working in te...

It's Time to Take Creative Subjects Seriously

Professor Anne Carlisle | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Anne Carlisle

Creative industries have hit an all-time high and are worth a phenomenal £77billion to the UK economy according to government figures out this month. Break that down further and that's £8.8million per hour; a number which highlights just how important this heavily growing sector is.

So, What's the Top Earning UK Careers? You Might Be Surprised

Paul Drury | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Drury

In the current economic climate it's so important to think about the nature of our work. More and more people are thinking about doing work that really matters.

I Do Not Want a Special Service Just Because I Am 'Disabled'

Simon Stevens | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

It is important to understand inclusion in terms of services to understand it should be the goal of service providers to make their services as inclusive as possible, and this involves examining their policies and procedures with a fine comb.

Tempted to Leave Your Job? Maybe You Need More Autonomy at Work.

Charlie Mowat | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I'm particularly interested in autonomy, the need people have to choose and be in control of the things they do. In the workplace, this means a sense of ownership over tasks.