UK Employment

Could Buddhism Help Your Business?

Beth Burgess | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Beth Burgess

The goal of Buddhism is ultimately to achieve enlightenment, but along the pathway to awakening, there are many useful lessons about how to operate ethically and effectively in the world.

Migration in Context: UK Arrivals AND Departures

Chris Lawton | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Lawton

In an earlier article, my colleague Professor Rob Ackrill and I summarised the findings of a wide range of research on the impacts of migration. React...

The Toxic Nature of the Debate on Immigration

Bob Morgan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

It seems clear that the heated debate on immigration will last at least until the 2015 elections - driven by the popularity of UKIP and the panic in the other Parties not to be seen soft on immigration. Another thing seems clear - the debate will seldom be objective or rational with virtually no claim too silly to be believed by someone.

'Must Like Sex'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK

Clerical oversight or George Osborne's new plan to tackle unemployment? A job advert for prostitutes with "no experience necessary" but "must like ...

Workers Face 'Very Slim Pickings' In 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Workers face a year of "slim pickings" in 2014 despite an increase in jobs and a rise in average earnings, according to a new report. Average earn...

Why Traineeships Offer a Win-Win Situation: A Fresh Recruitment Strategy That Gets Young People Ready to Work in Our Business

Steve Pallas | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Pallas

Getting good apprentices was becoming a challenge for Nissan (NMUK). In a fast-growing manufacturing environment, we needed to make sure that we could access the best there was - young people who would learn while contributing to our growth and development, and who would be part of the company going forward.

Things Are Finally Looking Up

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Things are finally looking up for graduates and apprentices as more companies expect to hire young people in 2014, according to a new report. The C...

Working Later Must Include Support for Caring

Chris Ball | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

We will be looking for policies for working carers as well as decent standards in the design of work, lifelong learning / job training, flexible working, and benefits which generally support the health and financial security of employees.

Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The fact that this age group is facing almost unparalleled employment challenges must be linked to their literacy skills; one in five young people are unemployed, whilst the numbers unemployed for two years or more are at a 20 year high.

If We Want More Employment, Why Just Favour the Youth?

Daniel Callaghan | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Daniel Callaghan

Let's be clear. Like companies, governments are employers and facilitators of employment. Unlike companies, they do not earn income. When ministers talk about tax revenue, what they mean is the money the state obliges us to contribute.

The Career Adventure

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Gelmi

Increasing complexity and diminishing workplace security define our society. We live in a time in which straight careers with long lasting company affiliation have been replaced by an increasing number of patchwork careers. Vocational training and retirement in the same company, as it was normal for our grandparents, is hard to imagine these days.

Taking the Wow Out of Disability

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

On Thursday many disability activists across the country will be celebrating the fact that the 'Wow Petition', a government e-petition, will have reached the necessary 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament... I have three main concerns to why I think this petition is a step backwards for disabled people and indeed the whole of society.

Are We Creating a More 'Entrepreneurial' Generation?

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Scott Paul

It is clear from the press that the outlook remains bleak for our young people. There are around one million 16 to 24 year-olds not in education, training or employment and the labour market is becoming crowded with an excess of university graduates that aren't being offered work for which they are qualified.

Ensuring Apprenticeships Remain Rigorous as Their Popularity Starts to Rise: Why Employer/Training Provider Dialogue Must Not Get Lost in Translation

Scott Waddington | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

As the drive to meet industry skills gaps present today gathers pace we must not forget, as industry leaders, that our young people are looking towards futures in their chosen fields that will far exceed our own, and must therefore be appropriately skilled not just for today but for tomorrow's business landscape too.

What Is the Future for Independent Living?

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The main problem in terms of independent living for the majority of disabled people is that it requires some level of financial and/or other contribution from the state. This means that while it may appear correct to focus on someone's rights, if the state does not feel it is getting something from their investment they will find it hard to justify it.

More PhDs Is Not the Right Response to the Cuts in Education - Stop Destroying the Academic Job Market

George Iordanou | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.

Is Work-Related Stress Still a Taboo?

Shumailla Dar | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Shumailla Dar

Jonathon Trott's decision to leave the Ashes this week due to stress-related illness has come as a shock to many England fans, shrouded in an air of weakness as some commentators have suggested... But is it really the sign of a lesser human being to admit defeat at the hands of pressured working conditions?

Are Zero-Hours Contracts 'Unfairly Demonised'?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

Zero-hours workers are more likely to be happy with their work-life balance than other employees, new research has found. The study from the Chart...

Not Lovin' It: Low On Cash? 'Eat Less, Complain Less, Sing More,' McDonalds Tells Staff

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Struggling to get by? Well you may just not be trying hard enough, according to McDonalds, who have apparently given their impoverished employees some...

Five Jobs Your Kids Will Do

Guy Lidbetter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Guy Lidbetter

Whilst they may not realise it, today's schools are preparing young people for jobs that don't yet even exist, as the IT revolution looks set to change the face of the employment market. At Atos we have been thinking about the sort of careers that lie in store for our so-called digital natives - as well as roles that may not be around for much longer.

German Moves to Force Women on Company Boards Shames UK

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Three cheers for Germany, where politicians have thrashed out a deal that will see companies forced to have at least 30 per cent of their boardrooms made up of women. The two parties expected to form the next government have not only agreed the quota, but also put a timeline on it arrival: Two years. Good. We should be embarrassed.

Involving Industry in Science Education

David Porter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Porter

It is of course undisputed that the existence and expansion of industry in the UK relies upon a continued supply of high quality engineers (to develop existing technologies) and scientists (to create new ones). So we should not then be surprised when the big industry players want to get involved in the education of our children and their potential future employees.

Why Can't A Record Number Of People Find Full-Time Jobs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

The number of people forced to work part-time because they have not been able to find full-time work is at its highest level since records began, offi...

No Evidence That We Have Anything to Fear From EU Immigration

Rob Ackrill | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Ackrill

Researchers have found repeatedly, in multiple studies, that migration has had a range of positive effects on the UK economy. It has boosted Gross Domestic Product; lowered inflation, in turn helping to keep interest rates lower than otherwise; and there has been a significant net gain to the UK budget.

Job Seekers: How to Stay Afloat When Everyone Around You Is Employed

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

As it is, I am not inundated with glimmering employment gems, thus I will begin my list that comprises my list 'How to remain positive in your job search.'