UK Employment

Are We Going To Be Left With The Jobs Robots Don't Want?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Tech
Fiona Hotston Moore

It is this: good jobs are being replaced by robotics at an accelerating pace and across many walks of life. Now even sleuthing, which might have seemed a sanctuary for purely human endeavour, is being challenged by software. Sherlock who?

Time To Say It Out Loud: Our Society Is Writing Off Ageing

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Sarah Weir OBE

What do you want to be when you're older? A common question asked of children. But why are we not asking people over 50 the same question?

Top Tips For A Happier Nine-To-Five

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

They say work is what you make of it, but actually it seems to be what others make of you at work that matters. If only careers advisors made that a...

Could Tech Solve Youth Unemployment? We Will Only Know If We Give Young People A Chance

Chas Moloney | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Chas Moloney

Could tech be the key to this? The introduction of new and innovative technology in recent years has certainly made the workplace far more attractive to today's tech-savvy youth. This particular demographic, also known as "millennials" or "generation Y" are well accustomed to the use of technology in every aspect of their daily lives.

Mental Health: Action Needed, Not Just Words

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

It is not the mark of a civilised society to merely acknowledge a health issue exists; and the charity sector should be the fall-back for a health service as rich, powerful and organised as our own, not primary care.

Why Mental Health Week Is Wrong

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

Mental Health Awareness isn't just about a day, a week or even a month, mental health awareness is about a culture. Shoe-horning a culture shift into a week is not giving it the respect it deserves and will not work. What we need is long-term strategies to embed these changes.

Gig Economy Workers Must Be Protected From 'Appalling' Practices, Urge MPs

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK

Drivers employed in the so-called gig economy should have worker status to protect them from the “appalling” practices they face, MPs have urged. ...

Lib Dems Hint At 'Gig Economy' Crackdown In Election Manifesto

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK

The Lib Dems are poised to unveil plans to stop employers forcing staff to identify as self-employed with policies aimed at regulating the so-called ...

Labour's 20 Point Plan Will Ensure Everyone Has Security And Dignity At Work

Rebecca Long-Bailey | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Politics
Rebecca Long-Bailey

Labour's plan will not only extend the rights of working people, but ensure the enforcement of these rights too, including the abolition of employment tribunal fees so that people have access to justice. We will also introduce a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing.

Forget Zero-Hour Contracts, Firms Have Found Another Way To Keep Staff On Tenterhooks

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK

Firms keen to distance themselves from controversial zero-hours contracts are tying staff to deals which carry many of the same problems and potential...

Men In High Heels? I Won't Insist

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Hard to know what to wear these days without causing offence. Burka? Not this season. Flats? Hmm. Tricky. I'd like to think I might be the best judge...

Brexit May Be The Story Of The Day, But The Chapter On Social Care Is Missing

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Politics
Rhidian Hughes

Brexit dominated the political agenda long before Theresa May called the snap general election. But news that the UK will head to the polls on June 8 - less than a year after the EU referendum - threatens to blow any other election issue but Brexit out of the water.

How The £30-A-Week Cut To ESA Will Have A Devastating Impact For People With A Learning Disability, Like Me

Danny Brice | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Danny Brice

But this week, the Government has brought in a cut to a key disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, that I and thousands of disabled people rely on. For new people claiming this benefit from April 1st, they will receive £30 a week less. That is a huge amount when you think so many disabled people live in poverty.

The Very 21st Century Fight For Workers' Rights As Fresh Legal Action Launched

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK

Fresh legal action is being taken on behalf of workers in the so-called gig economy, involving drivers at online giant Amazon. The GMB union is taking...

The Government Is Consulting On The Disability And Employment Gap - But We Need Action Now

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

One public policy strand which has remained consistent over the years, irrespective of which party is in government, is the focus on employment as a w...

Santander Work Contract Depressingly Logical 'New Low' After Zero-Hours Furore

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK

Santander has been criticised for using employment contracts which guarantee staff just 12 hours work a year. The Spanish-owned banking giant employs ...

Are You A Global Citizen?

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

British, European and American politicians will have to manage groups who see the world in very different ways, protect their jobs and enable them to live their lives in a rapidly changing, digital economy where success means less barriers to travel and trade. Trump and Brexit won their elections on the back of declarations to protect those who see their future within a less open state, that they can recreate the world before globalisation and that international free trade has damaged their lives. It's a gamble which is unlikely pay off.

The Dark Side Of A Life Of Travel

Chloe Gunning | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

With this unconventional career comes a life of clichés. I've 'found' myself... several times in fact. I've learned to appreciate those 'little things', and a few big ones too. I've had more life changing experiences in the past two years than the previous 29 put together.

Giving People With Learning Disabilities Access To Work

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

From employers' negative attitudes and views, to limited support in finding jobs, there are many reasons why people with learning disabilities struggl...

New Year, New Job? Tackling The Pitfalls Of Promotion

Dr Mark Winwood | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Dr Mark Winwood

Climbing the professional ladder is a goal many people strive to attain. Motivated by the boost to self-esteem and confidence (not to mention the perk...

Why The Government Must Use Apprenticeship Levy To Halve The Disability Employment Gap

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Kirsty McHugh

As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close it's a good opportunity to reflect not only on the great existing work in the employment support and ...

Rolling Up My Sleeves And Getting My Hands Dirty Is Everything I Thought It Would Be

Marissa Francis | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK
Marissa Francis

I'm 24 years old, I have a four-year-old daughter, and I'm an apprentice engineer at ABM UK. Sometimes people are surprised that a young woman would b...

5 Simple Ways To Motivate Millennials In Your Workplace

Seb Atkinson | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Seb Atkinson

According to a survey by Deloitte, the Millennial generation, or Generation Y, will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. As this generation are now m...

How Do We Protect Ourselves Against The Rise Of The Machines?

Phil Chambers | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Tech
Phil Chambers

For those on the other side, they argue that robots can create more jobs by increasing productivity. They also point out a close correlation between robot density and high employment in industrial nations, such as Germany.

UK Companies Have A Huge Part To Play In Improving The Lives Of People With Mental Health Problems

Paul Farmer | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Paul Farmer

At Mind, we know that almost one in six workers have experienced mental health problems at work, with the cost to employers estimated at £26 billion each year. The economic and societal costs of mental health problems are estimated to be at least £105bn a year.