UK Employment

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.

We Should Push Disabled People To Achieve Their Potential

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Simon Stevens

It is often said generally that it is wrong to judge people with impairments, or indeed anyone else, solely in terms of ability to do paid work as the...

Is Self-Employment Becoming The New 'Nine To Five'?

Jackie Leiper | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Leiper

With the flexibility of choosing your own hours, it's easy to see the attraction. But new insights from Scottish Widows' think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family, show it may be having a negative impact on family life in the UK.

I Gave You This Job To Try And Help You

Ellie May Forrester | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie May Forrester

"I gave you this job to try and help you", said one of my previous employers. These words hit me hard and I felt extremely patronised and saddened. The fact that, as a disabled person, I should have only been given a job out of pity, not based on my ability, goes to the heart of the problem.

Wage Against The Machine: Why We're Destined To Fight AI For Our Jobs

Dan Rogers | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

When it comes to AI and jobs, there's two theories on how things will end up. Optimists will tell you that man and machine can coexist, be better together and live harmoniously. Others say new tech will leave millions unemployed.

When It Comes To Business And Enterprise, What Is More Important To Your Business - Education Or Experience?

Andrew Jervis | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Andrew Jervis

Education vs experience It's an age old dilemma that employers like me have faced for many years. Should I value a candidate with a relevant qualific...

Expert Wanted - Must Have No Experience

Iain Hunter | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Iain Hunter

The sobriquets of 'old pro' and 'been doing it for years' are no longer the badges of honour of diligent, inspiring professionals who've dedicated years to becoming masters of their craft. Instead they're journeymen and women.

Give It Away, There's Much More Where That Came From

Malcolm Levene | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Malcolm Levene

A few years ago I was presenting a workshop to an executive team of a prominent investment bank. At that time, the banking industry was on a high... ...

Getting Over The New Job Itch

Geoff Smith | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Geoff Smith

With January becoming the most popular month for people to job hunt, many employees will currently be feeling the repercussions of employees who have ...

AI Is About Business Opportunity, Not Killing All Humans

Matt Jones | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Jones

Reading recent media coverage, one would be forgiven for thinking those working in Artificial Intelligence are racing to create sentient robot overlords, with little regard for whether they may overthrow us and steal our jobs.

Why Social Care Needs To Be Part Of The New, Modern Industrial Strategy

Helena Herklots | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Herklots

The Government launched its new draft Industrial Strategy this week and, at first sight, it might seem strange to suggest that social care should be part of it. Where does social care fit in a strategy that talks about aerospace, oil and gas, engineering, transport and the like? But both as an industry itself, and as a vital part of the nation's infrastructure, social care should be there.