UK Unemployment

'Careers Adviser' Tells Unemployed Girl To Get Pregnant For Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK

“For someone in your position, from your background, the best thing to do is get pregnant.” “What about dealing drugs? You’ll earn a lot of...

People Tell Me What I'm Doing Is Amazing, but Just Taking the Time to Get in Touch. That's Amazing.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

Although coping with an invisible illness isn't just about how you feel. Yes I am in pain every second of every day but I can manage my pain. I also get horrific migraines and all kind kinds symptoms pop up that I don't expect. What makes life difficult is attitude, not mine.

1,000 Jobs Created Every Day - But What Kind of Jobs?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

1.8 million more people are in work since 2010, and that works out at roughly 1,000 per day. It is when you dig a bit deeper that things start to unravel. Only from the middle of 2013 were more employee jobs created than lost. Of the 1.1 million rise in the number in work between 2008 and 2014, 732,000 were actually in self-employment.

Unpaid Internships and the Myth of Meritocracy

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

A proper meritocratic society would offer everyone the opportunity to secure the most coveted jobs in their field regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexuality and, of course, class. This would simultaneously promote social mobility and ensure that the most capable candidates are able enhance their chosen profession.

We Need to Take Stock and Reflect on Conditionality

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

Both in life and government we're often so busy 'doing', we sometimes do not take sufficient time to pause and reflect. This can be less of an issue in life, when a failure to reflect might mean you still buy paper copies of a newspaper when, in fact, you mainly read it on your phone. However, in government, a failure to reflect can have widespread ramifications across many lives.

My Job Application Theory

Helena Baker | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Baker

Dating is a complicated and convoluted game, and not one I particularly understand. Given my inherit lack of patience and my past experience being bas...

#GiveBenAJob: I Had No Idea the Country, Never Mind the World, Would Engage With My Appeal

Fiona Hodge | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hodge

Call me cynical, but I've come to the conclusion that large chains provide work experience to people with learning disabilities solely to give the public impression that they're inclusive and supportive, but have no intention of ever employing and paying them.

What's Behind the Surge in Poverty Porn? We Are

Michael Havis | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

Documentaries about benefits and those who get them can be insightful, but when you're tuning in for a thrill it's poverty porn - so do remember to feel a tad ashamed when the credits roll.

A Budget for Helicopters, Church Roofs and Video Gamers but Not for Skills

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

The Chancellor had a good tale to tell about falling unemployment, falling welfare bills, growth in output and living standards. He talked repeatedly about how the government of which he is a member is "fixing the roof as the sun begins to shine." The problem is, if we're not able to train people to do the job, he may find himself having to fix his own roof.

We Must Stop Calling Sick and Disabled People Unfit

Simon Stevens | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe that the term unfit is symbolic of the deep rooted prejudices towards sick and disabled people, creating a vague and imagined line between those society will fully accept, and those society will currently tolerate in the name of fairness and compassion.

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

Christian Garland | Posted 11.03.2015 | 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...

Number Of Unemployed Black And Ethnic Minority Youths Increased By 50% During Coaltion

PA | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The number of black and ethnic minority youngsters out of work for longer than a year has increased by almost 50% since the coalition came to power, a...

Fifty Shades of Unemployment

Chris Sav | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Sav

I have to be honest and say that I didn't really read the contract, but after briefly skimming it I did notice some key words such as 'self loathing' and 'punishment.' I assumed this was all part of the job seeking process so I went ahead and signed.

Louise Ridley

Martha Lane Fox Thinks No One In The House Of Lords Understands The Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics

Martha Lane Fox, the digital luminary and co-founder of Lastminute.com, says that none of her fellow peers in the House of Lords understand the intern...

Jobseekers are People, Not Just Statistics

Teresa Scott | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

I believe that now the economy is back on track and the statistics consistently tell a positive story, perhaps it is time to remember that people are people, and to really think about what is holding back those who remain unemployed and what we all can do to help them.

If Britain Is Broken - They Didn't Break It

Duane Hopkins | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Duane Hopkins

I was born in 73. I grew up in a working class family. A big family. A working class family that was part of a community. A community that was empl...

Hurting Our Mental Health: Austerity's Collateral Damage

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Stress, anxiety and depression have reached crisis levels in the UK - an indirect result of growing job and financial insecurity for individuals and...

Mental Health and Employment Needs to Be on Everyone's Agenda

Paul Burstow | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We need mental health and employment support available for everyone who needs it, whether to help them stay in work or get back into the labour market. And we need to become a nation of mental health friendly employers, where staff are able to talk about mental health difficulties in the knowledge that they will not be discriminated against or passed over because of it.

Cameron's FU to the Workless Youth Is Not What's Required

Sam Larcombe | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Larcombe

In principle I do not think there is anything wrong with Cameron's proposals. There certainly is a growing culture of entitlement in Britain and the idea of working for benefits is not a bad one. But why start with youth? Why not start with those with a far longer history of unemployment?

The Tories Are Toasting 'Nothing But Good News' On The Economy

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron and George Osborne have been lifted by a series of economic figures that experts described as "nothing but good news". The Office for...

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.

In the Blue

Lewis Worrow | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is clear that the Conservative Party's longer-term economic plan is working. They are cutting income tax for over 25 million people, saving the typical tax payer £705 a year. They are cutting the jobs tax saving businesses up to £2,000 enabling businesses to hire more people...

Young People Get Made Redundant Too! Facing Redundancy in Your 20s

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

One in seven British employees has lost their job since the beginning of the recession in 2008, but when I was being made redundant at 23, all the advice and personal stories I could find were aimed at people in their thirties and above, meaning I felt confused and isolated.

Tories Want To Put The Unemployed Under Even More Pressure

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly considering new cost-cutting plans to force all unemployed people to "sign on" at the Jobcentre twice as often in orde...

Keep Volunteering Voluntary

Frances Hutchinson | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Hutchinson

JSA is my only source of income and my next appointment at the jobcentre was not until January. I spent all of Christmas and New Year not knowing my fate, wondering if I would soon be flat broke...