UK Unemployment

Gap Between Young Unemployed And Their Working Peers Is Bigger In UK Than In 'Many Other' Developed Nations

PA | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The literacy gap between young people who are jobless and out of education and their working peers is bigger in the UK than in many other developed na...

Journalist Demonstrates How To Murder Your Prospects Of Ever Getting Another Job In The Media

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

If you’re looking for work in the media, make sure you do your research first. Because journalist Victor Epstein made something of a boob in his...

The UK Would Benefit From the EU Rescue Plan for Boat Refugees

Peter Lind | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Morally, but surprisingly, also financially, the UK can benefit from helping refugees. In other words, Great Britain can benefit from the EU rescue plan.

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

@InMyUK: Five Myths About Unemployment

Michael Abbinnett | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Abbinnett

Applying for jobs is my full time job. It has been almost a year since I last had a paid job and in my darkest days, it sometimes feels like I am never going to get out of that cycle. I recently took part in a project called BBC Generation 2015 and talked about how it felt like I didn't have a future...

McVey Loss Is No Compensation as Unemployed Wait for the Pain to Come

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Only the 'haves' will truly enjoy this Conservative majority. For the unemployed the advice must be: that zero hour contract you were offered (and that Iain Duncan Smith wanted to rename)? Even if you can't live on it, you should take it, because the alternative of a civilised period on benefits with quality jobsearch support while you you look for real work is even less likely now.

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

Christian Garland | Posted 21.04.2015 | 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.

When People Go to War... Over a Latte

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

It is always interesting to take a step back from the world you live in and view it through someone else's eyes. Earlier today I had a presentation,...

Unemployment Falls Slow as Government Overstates Recovery

Nick Stephenson | Posted 20.04.2015 | 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.

Getting By in the UK

Jayne Sykes | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Jayne Sykes

Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?

'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 25.05.2015 | 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 24.05.2015 | 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 23.05.2015 | 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 19.05.2015 | 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 18.05.2015 | 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 18.05.2015 | 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 17.05.2015 | 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 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...

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 10.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.