UK Unemployment

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.

We Need To Talk About Tomorrow's World

Justin Madders | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

In the long-run, technological innovation has always delivered more employment opportunities to the economy than it has taken away. But unlike previous waves of industrial progress, the new wave of automation threatens jobs across the entire spectrum at a pace that may be impossible to keep up with.

New Jobs, No Houses: How The Night Tube Might Change London

Alasdair Byers | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alasdair Byers

Make no mistake, as London expands its Night Tube operation with the goal of being a fully 24hr city in the next decade or so, there will be a massive impact on London's economy, but it won't be more clubbing.

Redundancy - To Hell And Back To The Future

Cerys Aedy | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

These days I'm hearing more and more about the stress and heartache redundancy brings, so I decided to write a very personal piece reflecting the gamut of emotions I experienced whilst going through this very same process.

From Priti to Penny - Inheritance Issues and Insurance Policies

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

The new DWP Ministerial team has arrived as storm clouds gather. Stephen is spending more time with his family; whilst Priti is promoted. In their place we have a surfeit of Damians and a Penny, all settling down to bulging in-trays.

We Need to Build Bridges Between Generations

Lord Young | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lord Young

The generation gap is an open wound which weeps periodically, dependent on the latest national woe. Today, TV reports echo with young voices claiming the oldies have stolen their future. The young are accused of complacency, of lack of interest and low turnout.

Two of the Worst Words in Politics

Andrew Legon | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Legon

It's strange though, that when people were asked about their trust in public figures, they had the common sense not to believe Joey Essex on this issue. And yet most of us probably have about as much knowledge as him on many of the big, complex issues we face. We're all Joey Essex, in a way. But we seem to trust ourselves. Maybe we shouldn't?

Why Work Experience Is Really Important For Young People

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vikram Kumar Khosla

The Government should ensure that businesses do more for us because even if we don't have the adequate training required, we can always learn new things like we normally do seven hours a day at school. The former employment minister Priti Patel believes that we should 'step away from the selfie sticks and put down Snapchat and do some work experience.' Not everyone wants to work when they are sixteen but for those who do, more needs to be done.

The Jobs Market Is Booming - So Why Is Everyone So Gloomy?

Helen Barnard | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

Our analysis shows that she needs to do this with a comprehensive plan to ensure the country's economic prosperity goes beyond rising employment. It needs better skills, affordable childcare and housing and better pay and security for those who are struggling to get by for us all to feel better off. Otherwise, the post-Brexit gloom may struggle to clear, despite the rise and rise in employment.

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

Employment Must Not Be the Aim of Mental Health Treatment

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Dr Jay Watts

For plunging much-needed therapy money into these projects will inevitably take it away from therapy services located where they should be - in organisations where the goals of therapy can freely be decided by the person who really matters, the person suffering.

Why We Need to Mind the Disability Gap

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Each week John* and his four colleagues meet with their manager to discuss workloads, responsibilities, and to decide exactly who does what task. This approach seeks to blend each individual's strengths and weaknesses across the whole team.

Brexit? Try Jexit As Your Job Moves Abroad

Nick Stephenson | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Cameron cannot be surprised that the anger of his victims is uncontrollable, and having unleashed it he is unable to point it where he wants. The furious won't be harnessed, but their jobs may disappear to the EU if they vote to leave.

The Way We Talk About 'Economically Inactive' Women Is All Wrong

Emma Mckay | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK
Emma Mckay

If someone is economically inactive it means they're not in employment, education or training. They have not been actively seeking work in the last four weeks and they are not able to start work in the next two weeks. Both men and women can be economically inactive, obviously, but here I'm going to talk about women.

The Future of Europe's Young Is Being Sacrificed on the Altar of the EU Project

Luke Springthorpe | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Luke Springthorpe

Co-operation and trading on mutually beneficial terms are things we should preserve. The march towards standardisation and one size fits all solutions for a vastly disparate continent must come to an end, however. We cannot continue to sacrifice the prospects of Europe's young on the altar of this failing political experiment.

The Secret Success Story

Nick Boles | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Boles

It is widely documented that we are making great strides to reduce long-term youth unemployment, but the success story we don't hear talked about so much is that there are now more young people than ever in education and training. That's more young people than ever getting the chance to earn a good living or gain the skills they need to succeed, no matter what their background - which is important for them and important for our country.

Reports of the Death of Jobs Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Seamus Nevin | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Tech
Seamus Nevin

Many people today, particularly younger generations, will work in jobs that do not exist yet, in industries that haven't been created. Most will change jobs multiple times and brief periods of unemployment, for people at all levels, will become more common. Consequently, there is a need to ensure better career guidance.

Rising Joblessness 'Could Be Good Thing'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics

Business bosses faced a backlash today after claiming that a rise in unemployment “could be a good thing”. The Institute of Directors (IoD) came u...

I Tried Not Going to University and I Got Left in Life's Wilderness

Jessie Thompson | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jessie Thompson

I had good A Level results. I'd worked part time whilst I was at school. I was even voted the class president of our GCSE citizenship project where we promised to eradicate poverty in Africa. I was employable and I was going to beat the system.

Budget 2016: Headache For Osborne As Wages 'Stuck In Slow Lane'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics

A pre-Budget jobs boost for George Osborne has been undermined by wages remaining in the “slow lane”, potentially knocking his economic plans off ...

What It's Like for Young Women With a Disability in Uganda

Edith Kagoya | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Edith Kagoya

Here in Uganda, the general attitude towards people living with a disability is negative. They are called "'Kateyemba'", meaning 'The Unable One', suggesting they can't help themselves. It's a nickname that instils a sense of hopelessness in a person. In the African culture, if you bear a child with disability it seems like a curse. Parents ask, "What did I do to deserve such a child?"

The Root Cause of the EU Migrant Crisis as Well as of the 'Arab Spring' and the Rise of ISIS

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

"The days of irregular migration to Europe are over", announced European Council President Donald Tusk on 7 March 2016. If only this were true! Alas...