UK Employment

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 We live in a time in which straight careers with long lasting company affiliation have been replaced by an increasing number of patchwork careers.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.'

New Research on Skilled Migration Sheds Light Within an Overheated Debate

Heather Rolfe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

Employers across the four sectors of pharmaceuticals, IT, higher education and finance said they recruited skilled migrants where the supply of skills from within the UK is inadequate, to recruit high level skills which are in short supply world-wide and to complement the skills of non-migrants. This was at odds with the perceptions of focus group participants drawn from the general public...

Will The Gender Pay Gap Ever Be Closed?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK

Three times as many young women are employed in low paid, low skilled jobs than 20 years ago, according to a new report commissioned by the Trades Uni...

Disabled People Can Work, Rest and Play

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe one of the biggest problems for disabled people who do not work, is the unnecessary stresses and strains of not working on the mind as boredom can be much more damaging than any amount of hard work.

We Must Expect More From Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I think one of my biggest frustrations with society in terms of disability is the naturally low expectations the public has for what disabled people can and indeed should achieve. While everyone talks about the equality of disabled people, the reality is we are perceived as inferior beings.

The Mid-Milkround Malaise

James Howell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Howell

The first thing to remember is that schemes tend to be open for the next month or so at least. Most schemes do not tend to close until late December or even the start of January. However, it is known that companies, like BP for example, operate on a first come first served basis and will close their application when the places are filled.

Everyone's Free (To Spend Time Figuring Out Their Career)

Jameela Jamil | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jameela Jamil

Here are my suggestions on what to do with the next year. Take a step back and really think about what you want from the next 40 years of work. It's a long time to be doing anything, so don't rush it. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.