Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Down But Out Of Work Claimant Count Slightly Up In Latest Jobs Figures

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics

The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level for seven years but the number of out-of-work benefit claimants are rising, figures released toda...

Confronting the Education Gap

One Young World | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

After meeting at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013, Vugar Adigozalov from Azerbaijan and Tamila Mukhamedyarova from Tajikistan combin...

Young People Most Likely To Be Unemployed Despite Fall In Jobless Figure

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics

Youth unemployment has dropped to its lowest level since before the 2008 recession, it was revealed today. Figures published this morning show in t...

Unemployment Down, Employment Up - Only If You 'Reclassify' What Those Terms Mean

Christian Garland | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The 'record numbers' now being erroneously counted as 'in employment' like those numbers used to show 'record falls in unemployment' are concocted and made to fit into categories invented for the purposes of spin, and to be sure, the stuff of a continuing and ongoing crisis.

Unemployment Falls Slow as Government Overstates Recovery

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The reality of Conservative insecurity on jobs is shown by the almost total absence of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith from the election campaign, now seen to be a poisoned chalice and damaging to the prospects of Cameron leading another government.

War on the Poor, War on the Majority: 2+2=5, We're Electioneering

Christian Garland | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The war on the poor aka 'welfare reform' is being waged with that much more ferocity and that much more cynicism in the weeks up to the General Electi...

Perception Is Reality: Are People Looking for Jobs That Don't Exist?

Ian Burke | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Ian Burke

People looking for their first job have long had a raw deal in the labour market. The effects of the financial crisis in 2008 meant employers disproportionately scaled back recruitment of entry level jobs and the most recent ONS statistics concerning those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) say there are still 954,000 young (16 -24) NEETs.

The Government's Failure to Tackle Youth Unemployment is Ridiculous

James Morris | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Morris

Ordinarily, an impending election would whip politicians into a mad frenzy of desperately trying to rectify such a disaster; then things might actually change. Another good reason for young people to vote.

Good, But Could Do Better

Chris Jones | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and plans have been made. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. And before we know it, we'll be toasting in the New Year. People say things tend to quieten down for businesses around this time of year, but this certainly hasn't been the case in the skills and employment arena. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Unemployment Fall Disguises Serious Poverty in the UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Unemployment has continued to fall as the claimed economic bounce back saw more UK citizens find work. The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show the same pattern as the last year, but signs of a slowdown in the number entering work mean the country is not out of the woods yet.

Harsh Realities of Growth in Self-Employment for Britain's Older Workers

Chris Ball | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

They are more likely to be following the maxim, "Live longer, work longer," but how much work do they actually do? Being "self-employed" may seem preferable to being "retired" and definitely better than "unemployed," even if many of the self-employed are in tiny jobs, working only a few hours a week. In truth, some may be happy with that, but not all are.

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

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.09.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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.