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Supply and Demand: Addressing Skills Shortages in the Current Climate

Scott Waddington | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

Increasingly direct links between our education system and industry operators are helping business leaders get the support they need to sustain a robust and competitive economy, at what is a crucial time for many UK businesses.

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

When 'Girl Power' Marriages Lose Their Spark

James R Brown | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
James R Brown

We are seeing a growing tide of women of this sort who are being divorced by their younger husbands as soon as they reach middle age. In fact, cases of this nature are up just over a third in the course of the last three years.

Love and Marriage in the Sixties

Andrew Newbury | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

Mention the Sixties to many people and, regardless of whether they were alive or not, their minds conjure up images of England winning the World Cup, man landing on the moon, psychedelia and 'free love'.

Inflation Down But Market Failures Still Contribute to 'Cost of Living Crisis'

Tony Dolphin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

With the large increases in employment seen over the last couple of years now starting to create shortages of workers in some areas, there has also been an increase in the growth rate of average earnings in recent months. The result is that earnings in real terms - that is after adjusting for inflation - are no longer falling.

Were European Migration Figures 'Underestimated'?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

A "substantial" number of eastern European migrants arriving in Britain in the last decade were not counted, statisticians have admitted. Net migra...

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Marriage, Uncertainty and the Divorce Deterrent

Vicki McLynn | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

Every day, I am confronted with individuals whose lives are shifting - from being single to becoming a spouse, from married life through divorce and for parents seeing their children every day to a more infrequent basis.

Are Small Retailers Leading the High Street Recovery?

Shingo Murakami | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Shingo Murakami

Today's shoppers are seeking a unique experience and by combining their local high street with popular shopping channels like mobile, we can continue to build support for independent retailers. That way they can not only lead the high street recovery, but succeed so that their retail sales are completely unquestionable.

Spending Up, Consumption Down: The Impact of Price Rises and Recession

Matthew Oakley | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The first few weeks of 2014 have shown that, while commentators and economists seem convinced that the recovery has set in, the economic and political battle over living standards and the cost of living remains as strong as it was in 2013.

Surviving Winter

David Sheepshanks | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
David Sheepshanks

At Christmas the biggest concern for many of us is last minute shopping for gifts or making sure we get everything done in the office before heading home to the family. Unfortunately, for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities this can be a time of loneliness and desperation.

How More Zero-Hours Contracts Could Help Solve the Huge Employee Shortfall and Adult Care Crisis

Ian McMullon | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ian McMullon

The combination of cuts to social care budgets and a growing demand for services in health and social care further substantiates what I have thought for some time; zero-hour contracts are the key to solving two crises the UK - high unemployment levels and adult social care.

Cohabitation and Britain's 'Older Old'

Claire Reid | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Claire Reid

We have seen a number of cases featuring men and women in their seventies, eighties and even older, although that shouldn't be interpreted as meaning that they are remarkably frequent. However, my colleagues and I certainly have to handle more now than we ever have done.

WATCH: Why Being A Recent Graduate Sucks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

It's official. Being a recent graduate sucks. But instead of boring you with endless stats, figures and "expert comment", we thought you'd like to wat...

Rising Hotel Prices Show Signs of Global Recovery

Alison Couper | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Couper

Not only are people travelling more, they are spending a little more too. Globally, the average price that travellers paid per night for hotel rooms rose by two per cent, approaching levels not seen since before the economic crisis in 2008/9.

How Happy Are You?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 27.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve McCabe

As well as showing that a third of people in Northern Ireland rated their life satisfaction as being nine out of ten, the data demonstrated that England was lowest in this category. Intriguingly Scotland was the least anxious place in the UK.

Family Ties, Adult Children and the Strain on 'Silver' Divorce

Beverley Darwent | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Darwent

This growth in so-called 'silver splits' continued a gradual increase which has become evident over the last decade. It has, in part, been fuelled by couples choosing to marry later than had been the case in previous generations.

The Private Life of the Modern British Pensioner

Vicki McLynn | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

It seems that those of us yet to reach the age when we can start to draw our pension form wildly different perceptions of those above the age of 65... However, it appears that those somewhat traditional and hackneyed views of senior citizens could be nothing like the way they consider themselves.

Almost One In Five Still Have No Internet In The UK

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Tech

Nearly a fifth of British households still have no access to the internet, official figures show. Around 36 million adults go online every day - 20...

Life in Retirement Not Golden for 'Silver Splitters'

Andrew Newbury | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

New statistics give the lie to the idea of husbands and wives remaining together "till death do us part". The Office for National Statistics has produced a bundle of data exploring the reasons behind the group known as 'silver splitters', those individuals who choose to divorce when aged 60 or over.

Good News, We're Slightly Happier... But Why?

Dr Mark Williamson | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Williamson

How satisfied are you with your life? It's a question we've probably all pondered at times. But for the last two years it's also been one of a handful of new "subjective wellbeing" questions which the Office for National Statistics has been asking people all over the UK.

For Better or for Worse: Does Marriage Make You Feel Happier?

Liz Cowell | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Cowell

Whilst good physical health and having a steady job top the list of the most important factors in people feeling good about themselves, domestic bliss comes right behind. The ONS research details how those who are either married or living in a civil partnership are happier than cohabitees and those who are single, divorced or widowed.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: To Dip Or Not To Dip?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 25 April 2013... 1) TO DIP OR NOT TO DIP? It's a big day for the Treasury and chancellor George Osbo...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'A Pretty Shameful Day For Washington'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 18 April 2013... 1) "A PRETTY SHAMEFUL DAY FOR WASHINGTON" What the hell is wrong with the members o...

The Real Story Behind This Week's New Job Numbers

James Plunkett | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

Amidst this week's economic gloom were two bright spots of the jobs market. First, new stats from the ONS led to widespread reports that employment had again reached record levels, with the number of people in work rising 131,000 in the quarter to 29.7 million. Then the OBR upgraded its forecasts for employment over the next few years.

Champagne Sales Go Flat, But We're Drinking More Rum At Home

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK

Champagne's out, but eBooks are in after the Office for National Statistics shook up its basket of goods, used to calculate inflation. Also on the...