UK Employment

Young People Must Engage With Trade Unions

James Walker | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

You said goodbye to your first job long ago. You may have flipped burgers, pulled bricks around a building site, or sat behind a till trying to find the Marlboro Golds. Whatever it was you were doing, one thing is almost certain: your first job was a shit job. Chances are the job you have now is no less painful than the first.

Your CV May Be Holding You Back, Here's How To Fix It

Tremaine du Preez | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tremaine du Preez

The traditional CV is a relic of the pre-electronic age, it seems to be going the way of big hair and platform shoes as it retreats into the ever lengthening shadows of the digital world. You can no longer afford to be a subject matter expert and nothing more. You are a business and your career is the product of how you position yourself across different platforms as well as the risks that you take. Your CV should reflect this in a way that is as unique as you are.

Working With Depression

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

A doctor recently told me that no company will want to hire someone who has prolonged absences, as if I hadn't realised that myself. As if finding a job isn't hard enough, keeping one is even harder. It's a catch 22.

Where Do The Political Parties Stand On Employment?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

We've paired up with Scenes of Reason to bring you the lowdown on where the political parties stand on employment. Stay up to date with Scenes of R...

A Responsible Business' Greatest Asset - Its People

Chris Jones | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Chris Jones

If you really want staff your staff to be loyal, you have to enable their development at every step of their career. That involves supporting them to do their current job, helping them progress on that job, and eventually, helping them to move onto the next job.

Unemployment Down, Employment Up - Only If You 'Reclassify' What Those Terms Mean

Christian Garland | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The 'record numbers' now being erroneously counted as 'in employment' like those numbers used to show 'record falls in unemployment' are concocted and made to fit into categories invented for the purposes of spin, and to be sure, the stuff of a continuing and ongoing crisis.

When People Go to War... Over a Latte

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

It is always interesting to take a step back from the world you live in and view it through someone else's eyes. Earlier today I had a presentation,...

Bread and Roses in Modern Britain

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Prior to the 1912 Massachusetts textile strike, socialist and feminist, Rose Schneiderman, made a plea: 'What the woman who labours wants is the right...

Reinvention and Innovation Are Key for Economic Recovery

Peter Morgan | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Peter Morgan

As time goes by technology improves with the intention of providing better product performance and function or the same product performance and functi...

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 24.05.2015 | 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 18.05.2015 | 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 10.05.2015 | 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 10.05.2015 | 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 09.05.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 22.04.2015 | 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 25.04.2015 | 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 18.04.2015 | 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 13.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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.