UK Employment

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Over University

Lewis Lebentz | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Lebentz

I am earning money already and learning how to manage my finances. Whereas if I had gone to University, I would have around £66k debt to pay! To make matters worse, Computer Science graduates are earning less every year, they are earning on average £2,261 less today than in 2007. Instead, I will have earned over £66k creating a difference of over £132k!

Developing the Employability Skills Businesses Are Looking For

Tonyeh Vincent | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tonyeh Vincent

Developing your employability skills is important if you want to stand out to employers and be successful when you apply for jobs. Whether you are in year 10 or year 13 there are several ways in which you can develop your employability skills whilst you're at school.

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

When Do Your Comments On Social Networks Become The Property Of Your Employer?

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Have you noticed those disclaimers on Twitter profiles? The ones that suggest that everything published on this Twitter account is personal and has no...

What's in a Degree?

Emily Perry | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Perry

I find myself on the hunt for a new opportunity. Refreshingly I can share this because, unlike many of my jobseeking counterparts, my current employer is fully supportive of my decision to return to my communications specialism having successfully delivered my three year plan as a generalist.

Romanian Immigration Is Up - But Ukip's Sums Were Off By A Pretty Long Way

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to the UK has increased by 13,000 since labour restrictions were lifted in January, but analysts say the...

The UK Skills Crisis Coverage Fails to See the Big Picture - A Changing World of Work

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.

Should Workers Still Be Paid For Time at the Office or What They Actually Deliver?

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

I haven't worked in a single corporate job where I was paid overtime. The last time I could actually claim overtime regularly for hours worked beyond those normally scheduled was when I was stacking apples on the produce counter in Safeway - happy days.

Are Higher Education Attitudes a Barrier to Tomorrow's Talent?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Education is only part of the equation with this second statistic. But isn't it a shocking thought that we could potentially be losing our young talent to other countries simply because we're not having the right conversations with them about their career and education options?

Asa Bennett

This 'Sandwich Board Lady' Has Been Job Hunting For Months

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Gerri Spiers has been taking to the streets in search of work as a secretary with her trusty sandwich board, causing a commotion on social media as pe...

Building the talent pool of the future

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

It was demoralising to see The Times' report that "almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university." Once again, a 'mismatch' between what graduates can offer and the knowledge and skills asked for by employers has been blamed.

The Three Unwritten Rules of Graduate Employment

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rajeeb Dey

With thousands of students graduating this summer I wanted to share three rules which you should and need to follow to insure that you rise above your peers and get your dream internship or secure your ideal graduate job.

Top Tories Want Iain Duncan Smith To Shut All Jobcentres

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Br...

What Do the Prime Minister, the BBC and the National Union of Students Have in Common?

Clare Pelham | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

We know that disabled people have the potential, drive and desire to be our country's future leaders or entrepreneurs if they are given the chance. We also know that our best companies value talent and we're delighted to be able to connect the two. And we welcome support from anyone - NUS, Prime Minister or BBC - with the common sense to make common cause with us.

Why I Didn't Watch Brazil vs Germany

Stephen Howard | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Howard

For now, there is still progress to be made. We want many more businesses to join the move to creating an enhanced contract with society and harness the influence and reach of their businesses to tackle key issues. In return businesses will unlock innovation, growth and long term opportunities. It's a win-win and it's time that every business recognised this.

Inequality in the UK Is Now a Massive Problem

John Mills | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

How can we reverse this inequality between the rich and the poor, and the North and the South in the UK? We must take bold economic steps to realign our currency to make British goods affordable and desirable for the rest of the world. If we had a more competitive pound, manufacturing would expand, creating more jobs for reasonable rates of pay across the whole country.

Corporates Not Paying Staff Overtime Are A Bunch Of Robbing Criminals!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

What I'd like to know is, do these workers ever consider all the time they waste on internet shopping, booking holidays, talking to their mums and friends, surfing social media, nipping out for an extra unscripted fag or loo break?

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Zero Hour Contracts, the Impoverished Elephant in the Room

Tom Johnson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Outlaw zero hours contracts and instead ensure that any individual entering a work contract is given a legal guarantee of the number of the minimum number of hours they should be required to work. It might increase the costs for corporations and may in the short term lead to a rise in unemployment, but if the economy is growing as fabulously as George Osborne announces, then the number of jobs should increase to combat this problem.

Another Woman Makes it to the Board - But Many More Still Need Quotas to Get There

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

We are not near dealing with unconscious bias, let alone welcoming anything historic. Until we level the playing field with temporary quotas women making it to boards is still going to make the news. We need it to pass almost unnoticed for the job to be done.

Graduate Salaries: What You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

When looking at graduate jobs, the potential salary is likely to be one of the first things to catch your eye. For some students, earning as much ...

The Tories Are Looking For A 'Well-Groomed' And Unpaid Intern

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

David Cameron once said staff employed for nothing are open to exploitation. Last year, the prime minister threw his weight behind a TV campaign th...

When Economic 'Recovery' Is Accompanied By Increased Homelessness and Hunger, We Need to Reassess Our Economic Indicators

Keith Taylor | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Rather than celebrating some abstract figure, the Greens are serious about creating an economy which serves the common good; an economy based on secure jobs that pay and enable people to live full lives.

Older and Wiser? Give Women in Their 50s a Chance

Geri Richards | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Geri Richards

Take a quick look around your office - how many desks are occupied by women over 50? I know that the 'fairer sex' are supposedly sensitive about revealing their ages but the issue of unemployment in the over 50s is not something to be coy about.

Inflation Is Falling, But So Is Your Pay Packet

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics

Inflation has fallen to its lowest rate in four and a half years according to official figures, but it is still eating away at Britons' pay packets. ...