UK Unemployment

The Great British Benefits Handout: Love Is All They Need

Lee Healey | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lee Healey

Looking down at people on benefits is unhelpful. It's counterproductive, mean and unnecessary. What families on benefits need right now, in this changing world is love, support and a chance.

How ONS Family Spending Data Punctures Poverty Myths

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

Anyone who has lived in poverty knows that it is not a life of luxury, but one of hard grind. Millions of people throughout the country are faced with desperate choices, not, for example, whether to buy Nike or Reebok, but whether to pay the rent or feed their children.

I Gave You This Job To Try And Help You

Ellie May Forrester | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie May Forrester

"I gave you this job to try and help you", said one of my previous employers. These words hit me hard and I felt extremely patronised and saddened. The fact that, as a disabled person, I should have only been given a job out of pity, not based on my ability, goes to the heart of the problem.

Wage Against The Machine: Why We're Destined To Fight AI For Our Jobs

Dan Rogers | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

When it comes to AI and jobs, there's two theories on how things will end up. Optimists will tell you that man and machine can coexist, be better together and live harmoniously. Others say new tech will leave millions unemployed.

Skilling Up Young People for The Future

Bina Patel | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bina Patel

Sitting from the relative comfort of my office, the January cold seems somewhat manageable. Apart from my walk to and from work, my exposure to it is ...

Will AI Bless Us With A 15 Hour Work-Week, Or Turn Us Into Paperclips?

Dan Rogers | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

Technology-driven unemployment is no longer just an ailment of low-income households. No job is safe. There are now AI lawyers, AI accountants, and AI financial advisors. Even AI hedge fund managers. So much money is now being spent on technology that Gartner estimates many companies spend more on marketing technology than they do on actual marketing.

Wish List - By Katherine Soper

Chris Ball | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chris Ball

Hot on the heels of Ken Loach's successful film, I Daniel Blake, depicting the ordeals of claimants wrestling with the UK's welfare to work system, co...

Justice In 2017 - Nice If You Can Afford It

Justin Madders | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

During the referendum campaign, we saw that telling someone on a zero-hours contract or in agency work that there is a risk to their job from Brexit was futile. Until we begin to address these issues and reinstate the concept of secure employment, we will stand no chance of rebuilding our fractured society.

Social Care: 2016 Was The Year Of The Stalemate, 2017 Must Be About Synthesis

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics
Rhidian Hughes

So 2016 - a year of progress against the unprecedented odds? What the challenges of this year show us is that no single organisation can address the plethora of risks to the social care system. The issues in 2016 provoke social care in 2017 to act as a unified body and strengthen our existing partnerships, not least after the government's underwhelming response to raise the social care precept, a move that is more sticking plaster than rescue package.

How To Help The 'Baby Boomer' Generation Age Well

Anna Dixon | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Anna Dixon

Today's Annual Report from the Chief Medical Officer tackles a subject close to our hearts - how to help the 'baby boomer' generation age well. As the CMO points out, people aged 50-70 are a large and diverse group: over 35% of the population are over 50 and the median age is already 40.

Late Twenties Unemployment Diary

Chris Sav | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Comedy
Chris Sav

September After completing a full-time, year long post graduate degree I felt that I needed a break. But I also felt that the break shouldn't last ve...

Just The Job? Making Employment Support Work For Young Women

Joe Levenson | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Joe Levenson

Just 19% of young women who visited a job centre in the last year said it helped them find a job, six in ten said the experience was humiliating and one in five said staff didn't treat them with respect. While this lack of support was evident across the sexes, young women were less likely than young men to say Jobcentre Plus kept them motivated when searching for work or helped them find work.

I, Daniel Blake and the Work Capability Assessment

Chris Ball | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Ball

The reviews of I, Daniel Blake, have already made Director Ken Loach's case for an Oscar, but if such a thing existed, the film would merit an award for critically explaining an aspect of public policy - in this case, the UK's welfare to work system. While Loach's insight into the condition of the poor in twenty-first century Britain speaks for itself, the policy background is less familiar.

I Am Proud To Say That Work Has Set Me Free

Simon Stevens | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Portraying work is something evil and unobtainable for anyone with any kind of impairment is deeply harmful to people's place in society as well as their personal identities. In defining work is the activity of helping others in any way, it is simply wrong to assume people with impairments can only be in a position of taking as opposed to giving.

Unpaid Internships Should Not Be Banned By Government

Liam Bywater | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Bywater

If internships are scrapped then fellow students like myself won't receive opportunities from companies and as a result we will find it more difficult to obtain a job

Enough Evidence Of The Disability Employment Gap - Now We Need Action

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

The emphasis must be on recognising the strengths and capabilities of disabled people, with a focus on maximising individuals strengths. We need to reach a tipping point so the reasons for employing disabled people far outweigh the reasons not to.

Uber, The "Gig Economy" And Trade Unions

Anindya Raychaudhuri | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Anindya Raychaudhuri

So, the Uber ruling is a very good thing indeed - but you won't be surprised to hear a Trade Union activist say this. What is more interesting, and more troubling for me, is the realisation that even if the coming challenges to this ruling are unsuccessful, the "gig economy" as an entity isn't about to disappear

The Secret To Social Mobility Success Lies With The Young

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Livingstone

We need to give more young people the skills and opportunities, and empower them to inspire more than just a generation - they could create an entire social movement.

10,000 Applications For China Receptionist Job - Why?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

The government job is deemed an 'iron rice bowl' (an occupation with guaranteed job security and income). With the importance of feeding your family, one Sina noted that the China Democratic League job was a "golden rice bowl" as a result of its notable desirability.

Is The Rise In Technology Worth The Unemployment Side-Effect?

Paul McNeil | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Tech
Paul McNeil

The aging battle between man and machine will continue as it has for centuries. The question is are machines taking over our jobs, or is our workload being eased by their presence? This will be an ongoing debate especially with the current rise in artificial intelligence and machine learning technology.

Learning From 'Learning Disabilities'

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Barham-Brown

On the drive home from the hospital, having left Mum and baby recovering, my father, my brothers and I were all stunned, exhausted, and overwhelmed. The magnitude of Theo's diagnosis had hit, and all I wanted to do was reassure my Dad. "It's ok - we'll always be here to look after him." And I meant it.

Not Even Low Unemployment Can Ward Off The Scourge Of Homelessness As Rents Rise And Wage Growth Slows

Rhea Silva | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhea Silva

Official figures show homelessness is rising. Against a backdrop of low unemployment yet slowing wage growth, there has been a 10% rise in the number of homeless households in England.

No Country For Young Women

Joe Levenson | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Joe Levenson

It's not in any of our interests to write off an entire generation. We cannot afford to be complacent about the challenges many young people are facing. That's why we're calling for urgent action so that all young people can prosper and thrive, rather than have to struggle to survive.

Basic Income and the Three-Day Work Week

Julian Vigo | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

There is a crisis in the British Labour Party and it is not just the internal struggles of the hard versus the soft left, nor is it between the few wh...

If Governments Only Cared About Happiness, What Would They Spend On?

Izzy McRae | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

Finally, as individuals, we can attempt to tackle the issues of adaption and comparison directly. We can try to avoid comparing ourselves to others, and try to adapt to negative things quickly while staying appreciative of positive things. But governments can't do this for us. Or can they? Possibly through education, but I think I'll tackle that another time.