UK Employment

Are We Serious About Valuing Older Workers? Lessons From Robert de Niro

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

On a recent flight over to the US I watched the 2015 movie 'The Intern' - not Oscar winning stuff but a tongue in cheek reminder of what embracing mul...

Apprenticeships Can Benefit Whole Communities, Not Just Individuals

Jane Ashworth | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Jane Ashworth

Young people and employment were back on the agenda this National Apprenticeship Week. It's part of the Government's plan to make the apprenticeship status more desirable and valued as real training for real jobs, and not a cheap labour programme or a low skilled job creation scheme.

Rethinking The 9-5: Five Ways Modern Day Work Life Can Impact on Our Mental Health

Tayana Simons | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Work related stress is a leading cause of absenteeism in workplaces in the UK and the U.S. On average we spend at least 35% of our waking hours at work, and if we are not happy in our job then it tends to have a far reaching impact on other aspects of our lives, affecting our relationships, sleep, physical health and ability to relax.

Disabled Employment Central to Budget 2016

Vicky McDermott | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

The Chancellor's Budget provides one of the set piece events of the parliamentary calendar. The anticipation, the lobbying and the commentary, combine to reveal one of the great theatrical political shows.

What It's Like for Young Women With a Disability in Uganda

Edith Kagoya | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Edith Kagoya

Here in Uganda, the general attitude towards people living with a disability is negative. They are called "'Kateyemba'", meaning 'The Unable One', suggesting they can't help themselves. It's a nickname that instils a sense of hopelessness in a person. In the African culture, if you bear a child with disability it seems like a curse. Parents ask, "What did I do to deserve such a child?"

Has 'The Apprentice' Shaped Corporate Culture?

Mark Hillary | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Mark Hillary

I met a friend in London recently for a few drinks and a chat about what he has been up to recently. He is a professional working in sales and said th...

Could a Skills Health Check Boost Your Career Prospects?

Edith Bryan | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Edith Bryan

​Remember, you have control over your entire job search process. Life and work decisions are always most satisfying when they fit with the values most important to you. Reviewing your skills, values and competencies in a structured way can really help you to identify the type of work that is best suited to you, as well as highlight career options you hadn't previously considered.

Young People Have Little Faith Their Education Will Actually Land Them A Job

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly half of all young people believe education alone isn't enough to secure a job, with a third saying they are not taught the necessary skills req...

How to Get Disabled People to Take the Government's Leap Into the Unknown After ESA Cuts

Vicky McDermott | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

In the next few hours the debate over the future of Employment and Support Allowance will be decided. The impact on many disabled people could be significant. The government's defeat in the House of Lords on Monday offered disabled people at risk of losing as much as £30 a week in benefit support, a temporary reprieve.

To Tackle Youth Unemployment in London the New Mayor Must Reach Out, Enable and Connect

Steph Taylor | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Steph Taylor

We all share the same ambition: for young Londoners to take advantage of the opportunities that this great city has to offer. We want the next Mayor, and everyone else who has a role in shaping policy for helping young people find work, to be brave, imaginative and resourceful in meeting this challenge. Just like the young people who've succeeded through Talent Match London.

Battling an Eating Disorder in the Workplace

Habiba Khanom | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

I am sitting at my desk in the newsroom, watching my colleagues working, preparing for their next report. They seem to be full of energy and not a care in the world about whether they should eat or not or how they look like. Why can't I be like them? I ask myself...

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.