Unemployment Rate

More Unemployed Misery as Falling Wages and Self-Employment Woes Hit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today's official unemployment figures show a familiar pattern to those who watch them regularly.

Millions Of Over Qualified Workers To Be Left Without Jobs In Unemployment 'Twilight Zone'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

Millions of people could be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for within the next decade unless action is taken to tackle a future unem...

Pay and Self-Employment Crisis Impoverishes as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The rate of unemployment fell from 6.8% to 6.6% in the last three months, leading to government rejoicing. A rise too in the number of people in work - up 345,000 compared to the previous three months - looks good on the face of it...

Unemployed and Middle Aged: Do We Face a Jobless Future?

Daniel Warner | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

When 'official' figures put UK unemployment at a five-year low and the government insist we are in the middle of a 'jobs boom', for those of us who have already had a career, there isn't a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

More Than Half New 'Jobs' Are Self-Employment - And Most Earn Below Minimum Wage

Nick Stephenson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today announced another fall in unemployment and rise in employment, but recent troubling patterns are continuing. In the three months to March 2014, unemployment fell 133,000 to 2.2 million people, or 6.8% of the working age population...

Divert Jobseeker Benefits to Fund Apprenticeships

Andrew Boff | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Imagine if we get just half of the Capital's 33,200 young JSA claimants off benefits and into apprenticeships, it would free up hundreds of millions of pounds to help fund these opportunities, getting our youngsters out of the job centre and into the workplace.

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.

Jobless Forgotten in Coverage of Interest Rates as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Unemployment has shown a big fall in the last three months and now stands at 7.1% of the working population. But coverage of the issue has focused on the likely result of this fall on interest rates. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has said he will not raise interest rates, which have been stuck at 0.5% since 2009, until unemployment drops to 7%.

So Why Are 47% of Graduates Working Non-Graduate Jobs?

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

Whether it's experience or proven skills, employers have been setting higher application requirements as to limit the amount of graduates that would be accepted. I would argue that this is also a result of the economic crash.

Its Not All Doom and Gloom... For Some

James Howell | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Howell

It seems that now, graduates are bombarded with statistics, figures and dooming projections about graduate employment. Graduate schemes are an excellent way to get your career up and running, but more must be made of more moderate companies offering just as good opportunities.

Rumours of London's Recovery Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Andrew Smith | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

It's very tempting for those outside the city to view it in terms of its galleries, bistros and tourist traps. For well-salaried young professionals who work in Zone One, it's all too easy to experience London through the prism of a safe middle class bubble, but that experience is not universal.

Improving Labour Market Gives UK Recovery Real Momentum

Jeremy Cook | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Today's unemployment numbers are not strong enough to definitely say the recovery is well on its way, but the figures are encouraging.

Fawcett Society Warn Of 'Female-Unfriendly' Labour Market

PA | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Women's unemployment is rising to a 25-year high while men's is falling, leading to a "female unfriendly" labour market, according to new research. ...

Employment Keeps Going Up, But Why Are We Producing Less?

Angus Campbell | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK
Angus Campbell

There may be more of us working, but in real terms we're all working for less. Wages are not growing anywhere near as much as inflation and in fact the most recent data showed they rose at their slowest rate of growth since June 2010.

Mind the Gap Year: Students Urged to Gain Industry Experience

Katherine Ebsworth | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Katherine Ebsworth

So if anyone asked my advice today about work experience, I would say without a doubt that completing a placement year is the best way to get employable skills. And that's important - because ultimately it's skills that employers are looking for.

She's 'Peeing All Over British Industry': Iain Duncan Smith Attacks BBC's Economics Editor

PA | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's department has made a formal complaint to the BBC claiming its coverage of the Government is biased, i...

Unemployment Set To Rise Again in 2012

PA | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK Politics

Unemployment will increase to 2.85 million in 2012, while the number of people in work will fall by 120,000 as jobs continue to be lost in the public ...

The One Million, the FTSE 100 and the 99%

Melanie Ward | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

The chorus of voices in protest is growing. How loud will it have to get before we see some change?

Graduates Struggling To Find Employment

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale, Sam Hunter | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Unemployment figures released on Wednesday show nearly one million 16 to 24 year olds are currently out of work. The downturn has affected Britain's y...

The Global Themes Behind Tackling Unemployment

Mark Lovell | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Politics
Mark Lovell

The UK has just posted another set of dreary employment figures. With public sector job losses hitting the market as local and central government departments adjust to last year's spending review, unemployment is up.