UK Employment

Employers' Changing Mindset Is Good News for Students

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Last month Penguin Random House announced that they were dropping requirements for future applicants to hold a university degree. According to the company, the move has been taken in order to open up opportunities and attract a more diverse range of people into the publishing industry, which is often criticised for its lack of diversity.

Why Wage Growth Will Likely Be Lower for Longer

Michael Martins | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Martins

It is likely that wage growth will continue to be low while productivity will continue to disappoint when compared to neighbours near and afar. At the same time, the very things that underpin those less than rosy figures are the factors driving the UK's strong economic performance in a rather lacklustre global economy.

Parents Fear Their Children Will Not Get a Job

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Action for Children surveyed over 2,000 parents and found that one in four don't think that their kids will progress into the job that they want due to a lack of skills and qualifications. With young people having more opportunities than ever to gain skills and qualifications to fulfil their goals, I was shocked to hear this.

Stop Telling Millennials We Chose This Job Market

John Fletcher | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
John Fletcher

There's an unsettling pattern in the words and phrases used by businesses and recruitment 'experts' when talking about people of my generation - the so-called 'Millennials' - and the way we approach working.

Beyond Employee Ownership?

Ed Mayo | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK
Ed Mayo

Imagine working somewhere where you not only had a say over your own work, but could direct the organisation as a whole? A business where you had not just employee ownership, but employee control, a real stake?

Hope for Prison Reform

James Timpson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
James Timpson

We can't keep locking up 85,000 people today knowing that hardly any of them will manage to find work and that around 50% of them will be back in again within a year of release. There are currently too many people in prison, and we have a system that seems to keep bringing them back there time and time again--that has to stop. Prison reform means fewer prisons and better prisoners.

Are you ready to choose pain?

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

So it's that time of the year again - or more specifically a new year again - and we all have a tendency to think about what we want to make happen, what we want to prioritise and very often key things we want to improve or change.

This Could Be The Reason Why People Under 35 Are Completely Screwed

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

People under 35 are more likely to put their trust in estate agents and government ministers than older people, according to research which reveals su...

Penguin Random House Publishers Has Just Announced It's Scrapping Degree Requirements For Its Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

One of the UK's largest publishing companies has announced it is removing any requirement for a university degree from all of its new jobs, in order t...

Exporting Employment Strategies Around the World

Priti Patel | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK Politics
Priti Patel

Our nation's success on creating jobs and getting people into work has not gone unnoticed by the world. That's why we will be leading the way on the O...

Woman Sacked By DWP 'For Taking Too Much Time Off For Treatment For Terminal Cancer'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK

A cancer patient claims that she was fired by the Department of Work and Pensions because she took too much time off work for her treatment. Paulin...

How to Make 2016 a Year of Social Change for Disabled People

Vicky McDermott | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

As we move into 2016 the charity sector requires renewed leadership that harnesses the innovative ideas that exist across the different causes that we champion. For me, I will be working closely with other disability and social care charities to ensure that 2016 is the year in which innovation helps to end institutionalisation for disabled people.

Make Flexible Working A New Year's Resolution

Aileen Campbell | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

We know many parents and carers have to juggle work with family commitments. That is one of the reasons why the Scottish Government has expanded free annual early learning and childcare to 600 hours a year for all three and four year olds and some two year olds.

Would Unlimited Staff Holidays Boost Your Bottom Line?

Stephen Canning | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Stephen Canning

Ubiquitous connectivity means that staff actually tends to work for an incalculable amount of time, answering phone calls and emails, checking their work and continuing on unfinished projects at odd hours.

Government Has Listened to Papworth Trust Over Work Choice - Now They Must Go Further to Halve the Disability Employment Gap

Vicky McDermott | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

Buried beneath the commotion of the tax credit u-turn and Chairman Mao's little red book that accompanied last months' comprehensive spending review, ...

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...