UK Employment

Waking Up to Reality on Welfare Reform

Geraldine Blake | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Geraldine Blake

The fact that the most ambitious welfare reforms since 1945 are struggling to achieve their policy objectives should concern anyone who cares about building a better society. We need a more nuanced and supportive approach to reforming welfare - one which takes into account the variety of individuals circumstances and capabilities

L'Oréal's HR Director Tells On How To Get Hired As A Graduate Trainee

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

We hear from Isabelle Minneci on what L'Oréal looks for in their graduates, and why one of their placements might just be the right fit for you.. ...

Salaries STILL Not Increasing... Despite More Job Vacancies Around

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics

Job vacancies are growing but salaries have not increased for a year despite renewed confidence in the economy, according to a new report. Employme...

Recruiters, Do You Commit These Seven Deadly Sins?

Jack Kershaw | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

This week I had a meeting a senior manager who has recently joined his organisation. I asked him what his niggles had been whilst he was searching for a new role. His response was eye opening for me as a recruitment consultancy director.

EU Exit Talk Is 'Anti-Jobs And Anti-Business', Warns Balls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has warned that "even talking" of Britain leaving the European Union is "anti-jobs and anti-business" as it would create "huge uncertainty" f...

As Young Workers' Month Ends: It's Time to Get Organised

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

It's been a bad couple of weeks for trade unionism. Two of its greatest champions - Tony Benn and Bob Crow - have both passed away. But beneath the sadness, something interesting has been happening. Something that offers hope for a previously moribund movement...

Jobs Crisis Over? Here Are 6 Posts That Attracted An Insane Number Of Applicants

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne and his fellow ministers have seized on every improvement in the employment figures as proof that the coalition's "long-term economic p...

How to Make Your Job Search a Success

Jack Kershaw | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

The economy is now picking up, it’s official.  So why is it that work is still grim?  You are shouldering the burden of the last redundancy ...

The Creative Industries Still Offer Too Many Unfair Routes Into Employment for Young People

Pauline Tambling | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Pauline Tambling

This month, we hosted our national conference bringing together leaders in the creative industries, further education educators and employers under a common goal; to equip the next generation of creative pioneers with the skills and experience to ensure the industry worth £71.4 billion as a proportion of GDP, and the fastest growing in the UK, remains world class.

Boost For Osborne As Jobless Number Falls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has received a well-timed political boost as the latest official figures show that the number of people out of work fell by 63,000 to 2...

Realise Your Career Potential With an Apprenticeship

Steve Goldthorpe | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Goldthorpe

With National Apprenticeship Week in full swing last week, and since youth unemployment remains at 20%, it's more important than ever that we do everything we can to help young people into work. I'm an example of how an apprenticeship can give you a job for life after joining British Gas as an apprentice 34 years ago, back in 1980, and now I run our six training academies across the UK training the engineers of tomorrow.

IDS Faces Probe Over 'Bogus' Jobs Advertised For Job Hunters

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions could be investigated after it emerged that over a third of a million jobs it advertises for job h...

International Women's Day - No More Flowers, Please: Time for the UK to Put its Own House in Order

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

International Women's Day is an official holiday in Azerbaijan, amongst 27 countries. Unfortunately, it is also an unofficial one for many women in the UK, those who would prefer to be working but cannot afford to do so, largely because of child care issues.

Women 'Suffer Greater Stress And Inequality Than Men At Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Women are suffering greater inequality and disadvantages in nearly all aspects of working life, international research has shown. Researchers said ...

Scotland's Children's Bill Paves Way for Childcare Transformation

Aileen Campbell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

Last month Scotland took a big step towards a shared ambition to make our country among the best in the world to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation to deliver greater support for children and families through a range of measures, including improvements to how we help our most vulnerable young people in care.

If Welfare Is to Work, Morality Matters

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

This week the battle over the morality of benefit reform took a new twist. Labour's leader, Ed Miliband, was warned by one of his MPs that Labour should be far tougher on benefits reform.

'Pick Fruit Or Lose Your Benefits' Minister Says

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics

Unemployed Britons should have to pick fruit on farms or be stripped of their benefits, farming minister George Eustice has suggested. The Tory min...

Britain Is a Nation of Retail Workers

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

An astonishing 2.7 million people now work in the UK's retail sector, making it by far the biggest 'employer'. Many are employed in local branches of supermarkets where staff numbers have been swelled in recent years by working mums lured by part-time hours and shift work offered.

The Folly of the Government's Current Internship Scheme

Raj Dhonota | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Raj Dhonota

While I certainly don't agree with exploiting graduates and other interns I'm not convinced the whole concept of companies having to pay graduates minimum wage across the board - especially when it comes to micro businesses and small businesses - is a good one.

Composing a Career - Work Placements in the Music Industry

Mark Featherstone-Witty | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Featherstone-Witty

It was announced recently that HMRC plans to crack down heavily on music companies found to be exploiting interns. While on the surface this sounds like good news, it could in fact create problems for some young people looking to gain experience in this industry.

How Much Has Social Media Changed Your Life?

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Think about it. Social communication is affecting a lot more than just your ability to get anything done because you want to tweet just one more time... this is the social society.

David Cameron's 'Women Problem' - Time for Quotas?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Fiona Hotston Moore

The Prime Minister's so-called "women problem" is starting to hurt him politically. Now perhaps something will start to happen.

The Truth About Employment References

Sarah Stimson | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Sarah Stimson

I write about a dozen employment reference each year for the Taylor Bennett Foundation alumni. A well written reference can take some time to write and can make all the difference to whether or not you are offered a position.

Working Abroad: Don't Let Your Degree Get in the Way of Your Education

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

In my Graduation ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of Durham University urged myself and my fellow gown-clothed peers 'Don't let your degree get in the way of your education' and he is right. Having a degree here isn't a requirement, but it gives me encouragement.

Robots Versus Humans: The Race for Employment

Chris Jones | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Research from Oxford University shows that almost half of today's jobs will be automated by the year 2034. This has dramatic implications for our workforce. And the impact is already being felt.