UK Unemployment

Lod Tebbit Wants To Force Unemployed People To Pick Weeds

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics

Young unemployed people should be forced to pick weeds in return for receiving benefits, former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has suggeste...

Importance of Staying Healthy Whilst Job Hunting

Stacey Lucas | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stacey Lucas

So you are job hunting, could be you are planning on changing jobs or careers, been made redundant, just left school, college or university or you have lost your job.

Unemployment Down - But Quality Jobs Remain a Problem

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A job is better than no job, but an economy that creates more part-time work, fake self-employment and low value work, and which continually cuts the real wages of its workers, is not healthy.

You're More Likely To Be In Work, But Your Pay Is Still Not Rising...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has welcomed official figures showing that the number of unemployed Britons has fallen below two million for the first time since 2008. ...

Is Immigration Needed If British People Won't Do Tough Jobs?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Lee Dalloway

The influx is placing a strain on our healthcare, welfare and housing systems. But there's also arguments that without immigrants our NHS in particular would collapse. Are we a nation of people too good for tough or 'menial' jobs? Or are we just letting in too many people to do them for us?

Clacton's Unemployed Must End Ukip's Advance

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A UKIP win in Clacton may shake up the British political scene, but it will improve nothing for unemployed people.

If Labour Is to Beat UKIP, It Must Enfranchise the 'Lost Generation'

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Given the ongoing widespread apathy with the electoral system, we need more political representatives like Sonia who actually bring something to the table other than self-serving careerism. Failing that, Britain's political future looks increasingly loony.

Three-Quarters Support £23k Tory Benefit Cap - But Why?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This comes as no surprise; the drift of anti-welfare opinions has been rightwards for years, and only gets more judgemental. The explanation for why so many are willing to see their fellow citizens living in absolute penury has a few parts.

Entire Universe In Shock As Political Commentator White Dee Threatens To Vote Ukip

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Benefits Street star Deirdre Kelly, better known as White Dee, has condemned the Tories for being "out of touch with the real world" and revealed she ...

Unemployment May Be Down, But Unpaid Internships Keep Underemployment Up

Zahid Ayden | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

An internship can be a crucial learning curve for a student or graduate, bridging the gap between theoretical work and practical application. It is also an investment in the talent of tomorrow, where today's interns can be tomorrow's employers...

Could Scotland's 'No' Vote Lead to a Revolution for the Unemployed?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The people of Scotland have spoken, and they believe we are better together after all. The dust hasn't settled on this historic vote, but the win for 'no' was gained by English politicians entering the fray at the last minute and promising more powers for the region...

Unemployment Fall Disguises Serious Poverty in the UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 18.09.2014 | 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.

Untold Tales of Motherhood and Oppression

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabriella Apicella

While several European countries make the Top 10 of places worldwide to be a mother, according to a report from Save the Children last year improvements to the ways in which mothers are treated in the UK do not appear to be a government priority.

Global Competitiveness: Good But Room for Improvement

Chris Jones | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

The annual report ranks the wealth and productivity of a country, and shows how good its long-term economic policies are. But even though we may perceive ourselves as forward-thinking, we aren't beating the likes of Singapore, Japan, and The Netherlands. So what's the secret for reaching the top?

Lib Dems Head for Meltdown as They Pick Benefit Row With Tories

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Liberal Democrats decided early on that the politically expedient thing to do was to take ownership of all the government's actions even when they ideologically disagreed with them. Voters may accept parties changing policies over time, but they will not forget the hypocritical positions taken by a party simply to look 'governmental'.

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.

Post-Graduate Life

Chris Malla | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

"If Joe has a first, but did nothing with his spare time, and Matt has a 2.1, but did loads of extra-curricular stuff, employers are gonna go with Matt." He spoke with so much certainty that it indoctrinated me into that mindset. I'm now in Matt's position... 80 job applications later, and it seems Joe's been chosen over me every time.

Ireland: The Republic of Emigration and Internships

Aaron Vallely | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

It was Conor Cruise O'Brien who wrote that: "Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language ; it is the condition of being involv...

Why Can't You Get a Good Job? Wrong School

Nick Stephenson | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

If you have ever wondered why you can't get a top job, it turns out that unless you went to one of a handful of the most expensive private schools in Britain, you stand very little chance of breaking in.

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

Chris Ball | Posted 28.08.2014 | 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.

I Finally Got a Full Time Job and Now I'm Going to Do Mindfulness

Georgie Bradley | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgie Bradley

During the miserly search for a journo job I held down a nannying job as well as poking my way through different freelance gigs. I didn't get it. I was freelancing, actively applying my training and doing it but I didn't manage to get an actual in-house job. Freelance is a schizophrenic lifestyle, symptomatic of a range of highs and gutter lows.

Fake Recovery Continues - Two-Thirds of Jobs Created Since 2008 Are Self-Employed, and Earnings Fall Sharply

Nick Stephenson | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information on changes in self-employment, and confirms what we have said for years: the increase is an issue more of desperation than any 'entrepreneurial spirit'.

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

Cut the Snark Mark, Even If Your Masterplan Is a Muddle

Asa Bennett | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Asa Bennett

"It seems a muddle", I wondered aloud after he presented the Bank's latest outlook for the economy. What was his response? He glowered, and shot back: "You're muddled, I'm afraid." Sitting at his side, deputy governor Ben Broadbent duly chuckled at Carney's catty response. I was almost surprised he didn't offer a saucer of milk.

Youth is More Than the Theme of the Day; It's the Theme of the Decade

Kate Redman | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Kate Redman

The number of young people experiencing the impact of slow economic growth is at an all-time high. Currently, they make up 18% of the population in developing countries; and constitute 12% of the population in developed countries.