UK Employment

How Coffee Is Helping Once Homeless People Get Back On Their Feet

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

A new coffee brand, styled on the The Big Issue magazine, is set to help once homeless people get started on a new career. Change Please coffee wil...

The Zero-Hours Contracts Debate Needs Rekindling

James Cropper | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

It is for this reason that the debate surrounding zero-hours contracts must be rekindled as their very genetics are exploitative and biased towards employers. In simple, there must be an alternative to this system. A system where 740,000 individuals could wake up everyday without the worry of not being able to work and subsequently be left with no money.

The World's Young People Speak, Now We Need to Listen

Denise Hatton | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Denise Hatton

There is a story going on every day that goes untold, the story of injustices against young people. It is for this reason that 18 months ago YMCA embarked on a mission to change this, to speak to young people all over the world to hear about their lives and dreams, their threats and fears.

The Business of Education Is Education for Business

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

I can confirm that Milton Keynes College didn't win an award this week, but we helped. The Spirit Pub Company is one of the UK's foremost hospitali...

Mental Health, Employment and the Use of Sanctions: What the Evidence Tells Us

Andy Bell | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Bell

The number of people with mental health problems being given benefit sanctions is rising rapidly, according to figures reported in The Independent this week. In the same week, a call on the Government to review the impact of sanctions on people with mental health problems was refused, despite growing anecdotal evidence of the risks they can pose.

Daily Mail Commenters Can't Decide If They Hate Migrants More With Or Without Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK

Daily Mail commenters are struggling to decide just what they detest more: migrants who come to the UK and claim benefits or those who arrive here and...

Moving Beyond Pay

Stephen Howard | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Howard

With the Chancellor introducing a new National Living Wage from April 2016 and the revised voluntary Living Wage rates published this week, low pay is firmly placed on the boardroom and political agenda.

Britain Needs Smarter, Not Harsher, Immigration Policies

Dr Julia Halej | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julia Halej

High net migration is a reality and - whether we like it or not - this trend will continue in the coming decades. If national and local government accept and prepare for this fact - rather than live in a state of denial - there is much they can do to address local imbalances, pre-empt and alleviate pressures on services, and help ease public concerns.

Lord Heseltine Says It's As 'Good A Time' As Any For Steelworkers To Lose Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 25.10.2015 | UK

Tory former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has been called "insulting" and ignorant after saying it is "probably as good a time" as any for UK s...

Counting the Cost, Why Should Anyone Care If FE Disappears?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

It seems certain that the regional reviews currently being carried out in the FE sector will result in some colleges disappearing altogether. There a...

Family Infrastructure Is Just as Important as National Infrastructure - Let's Keep Sunday Trading Hours as They Are

Fiona Bruce | Posted 18.10.2015 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

Shopping is ever-present in our lives, in the technology we use and places we socialise. We already have 150 hours a week to shop - do we really need more? Only one in eight people believe there isn't currently enough time to shop in the week.

Sandi Toksvig Takes The Tories To Task

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK

Sandi Toksvig has slammed the Conservatives over employment tribunal fees, claiming they send “a message to bosses that it’s safe to discriminate,...

Under 25 and Undervalued?

Abby McGrory | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abby McGrory

During the Conservative Party Conference this week, Government Minister Matthew Hancock stated that under 25s "are not as productive, on average" and so won't have the minimum wage rates raised for them. Speaking as an under 25 year old, I find the claim to be both infuriating and very disappointing...

The Alternative Guide to Getting Ahead

Craig Butler | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Butler

Your 20th year should be an exciting one; a time when you stand on your own two feet after university and start to build your career while enjoying the freedom of being young and carefree. But the sad truth is that today, 1 in 6 young people in the UK are struggling to find work, education or training.

Dear Jeremy Hunt: 6 Reasons British Workers Shouldn't Emulate The US And China

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has suggested that British workers ought to take a leaf out of the book of American and Chinese employees in a bid to boost productivity i...

One Of Britain's Biggest Supermarkets Just Did Something Brilliant For Its Staff

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

Morrisons has been praised for offering more than "warm words" for its workers by committing to pay the living wage for its workers from next March. ...

You're Hired! How to Get Your CV Noticed

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Swatee Jasoria

This September, over 500,000 graduates will enter the UK employment market. It's a staggering figure. And with competition for positions at the country's top firms so fierce, it has never been more important for candidates to think about how they can make their CV stand out from the rest...

Starbucks Has A Brilliant New Scheme To Help Generation Rent

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK

Starbucks has announced that it will help employees who rent properties to pay their deposits by offering an interest-free loan to cover the cost. ...

Lidl Is Doing Something Brilliant For Its Employees

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK

Lidl UK’s CEO has said he is “proud” of his employees as the company becomes the first British supermarket to pay its staff the living wage. ...

Confronting the Education Gap

One Young World | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

After meeting at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013, Vugar Adigozalov from Azerbaijan and Tamila Mukhamedyarova from Tajikistan combin...

Time to Zero in on Zero Hours Contracts

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Zero hours contracts are the Marmite of work: Loved or loathed. But are we doing enough to make them fair ? This is starting to matter. The number of...

Paid Less, Less Likely to Get Training or End Up With a Job - How Young Women Lose Out in Apprenticeships

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Carole Easton

Surely it is time to change things, time to offer a future to those young women who tell me they simply want a job, whose talents are being wasted by society and who are forced to rely on benefits when they could be contributing so much more to the economy?

New App Could Help Migrants Apply For Jobs With Only 'A Smartphone And A Smile'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2015 | UK

Migrants and refugees arriving in Europe could apply for jobs in their native language with a new app that means they only need a "smartphone and a sm...

Why Mental Health Matters to Me

Justin Tomlinson | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Politics
Justin Tomlinson

Almost a quarter of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance today have a mental health condition. For many, poor mental health will be the cause of their joblessness, for others it will be the effect. But regardless of which, these people need better support and we're going to do something about it. That's why we're investing £40m to introduce a range of pilots to find out how best we can support people with mental health conditions in looking for work. I want to bust some of the myths around this. I have heard it claimed that people will be forced into participating in these schemes. This is completely untrue.

The Rise of the Disabled Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Elizabeth Wright

I get a sense that there are a lot of frustrated people with disabilities, that genuinely feel that their skills and experience are disregarded in the job market because they are seen as purely a number, a tick in a tick box system.