UK Unemployment

The Zero-Hours Contracts Debate Needs Rekindling

James Cropper | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

It is for this reason that the debate surrounding zero-hours contracts must be rekindled as their very genetics are exploitative and biased towards employers. In simple, there must be an alternative to this system. A system where 740,000 individuals could wake up everyday without the worry of not being able to work and subsequently be left with no money.

Mental Health, Employment and the Use of Sanctions: What the Evidence Tells Us

Andy Bell | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Bell

The number of people with mental health problems being given benefit sanctions is rising rapidly, according to figures reported in The Independent this week. In the same week, a call on the Government to review the impact of sanctions on people with mental health problems was refused, despite growing anecdotal evidence of the risks they can pose.

No Light at the End of the Tunnel for the EU's Youth

Rob Comley | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Comley

Across Europe, Eurosceptic student groups are gradually coming together. They see the need for less government, not more. They realise the EU has been a cause of their troubles - or at least a symptom of the cause - which has done next to nothing to cure their problems. Just like many countries on the continent, Britain's youth is finally realising, the only way to truly solve this crisis is to Get Britain Out of the EU.

Iain Duncan Smith Wants Food Banks To Help Tackle Unemployment

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics

The Government wants to station job centre advisors at food banks to help get hard-pressed families work in a significant extension of the role of cha...

Look Beyond the Racism on That CV in 21st Century Britain

Tami Mir | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Tami Mir

They call me Tam, Tami, Tamsin, Tamara and even Tanveer, is it really so difficult to pronounce a simply three syllable name Tamina in "21 Century Bri...

Britain's Steel Industry Needs Our Support

Ben Johns | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

The Scunthorpe Steel Works have provided jobs and income to families in the town for over 150 years. The announcement of 2,200 job losses and the closure of the Redcar plant started speculation in Scunthorpe. The news today that over 900 jobs would be cut confirmed the town's worst fears. The possibility of the closure of the Scunthorpe Steel Works is becoming a reality. As a Scunthorpe resident, I'm worried about the future. What will happen to my town?

Counting the Cost, Why Should Anyone Care If FE Disappears?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

It seems certain that the regional reviews currently being carried out in the FE sector will result in some colleges disappearing altogether. There a...

Six Ways Young People Think Job Centres Need to Change...

Richard Hughes | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Hughes

With youth unemployment stuck above pre-recession levels and the Government due to introduce a new Youth Obligation - the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at getting young people into work - YMCA went out and spoke to young people about the support they currently get and what they felt was needed to help them into work.

Reforming Apprenticeships - Four Tips for the Tories

Channon Zhangazha | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Channon Zhangazha

Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.

You're Hired! How to Get Your CV Noticed

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Swatee Jasoria

This September, over 500,000 graduates will enter the UK employment market. It's a staggering figure. And with competition for positions at the country's top firms so fierce, it has never been more important for candidates to think about how they can make their CV stand out from the rest...

Putting the Young at the Heart of Policymaking Is the Key to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

"What needs to be done to reduce record levels of youth unemployment, and how can we ensure that the young are equipped for the world of work?" That was the question we asked ourselves this week, when 15 young people from the North East came to Brussels to hear what the European Parliament and Commission are doing to support their generation.

Healthcare Is Not Just for Doctor's Surgeries... It Is a Workplace Issue

Karen Steadman | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Karen Steadman

When we think of people with health problems, we usually think of hospital wards and doctors surgeries. Actually, a more realistic view is people on t...

'So What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?'

Millie Morris | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Millie Morris

If, like me, you've just graduated, this question is currently being thrust towards you a lot. Normally it will escape from the lips of a simpering adult (discounting myself as part of that functioning, mortgage-owning, salary-earning clan), who poses the question after light chit-chat. It could be a family friend or someone in a pub.

Can We Stop the Cavalry?

Fleur Perry | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Fleur Perry

At the beginning of this week, I read Iain Duncan Smith's piece "We're Building a Welfare State That Is Finally Fit for Purpose" and began writing a r...

Rolling Out The Unwelcome Mat - Illegal Immigrants Face Jail For Working In UK

PA | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

Illegal immigrants caught working in the UK could be jailed for up to six months and their pay will be taken off them as proceeds of crime, under new ...

Degrees - Are They Really Worth It?

Michelle Dewberry | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Michelle Dewberry

There needs to be a reconnect between higher education and the jobs economy. We need to make sure that people moving into higher education will actually be exiting the system with qualifications which are relevant and aligned with the jobs that businesses and the like are creating.

UK Productivity Crisis - What Can Be Done?

Simon Thomas | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

The UK is in the midst of a productivity crisis. While employment has finally recovered to pre-recession levels, and those in work typically work long hours, productivity remains low. But how is this possible?

Jobless Youths Told 'Do Jobs Boot Camp Or Lose Benefits'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK

Jobless young adults will face losing benefits unless they take part in a "boot camp" to get them ready for the world of work, the Government's "Earn ...

Benefits Review for Addicts Will Fail Without Better Support for Jobless

Paul Hayes | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The Black review presents us with an opportunity to build political momentum to overcome the policy inertia which has undermined efforts to improve the employability of all excluded groups under successive governments over many decades. It is an opportunity the treatment sector needs to seize.

Says Yes to TTIP

Lewis Worrow | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

The cost of losing this progress will be dear otherwise, a cost that will mostly be felt by consumers. It is time to say goodbye to import tariffs and restrictions on trade and welcome a more competitive Europe.

The Living Wage Will be an Economic Disaster for Britain

Sean Howlett | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

Politicians and campaigners backed by special interest groups have long harped on about the 'Living Wage' and why businesses should be forced to start...

More Evidence That Welfare Dependence Can Be Reversed - From A Focused Chancellor!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

This budget provides evidence not only of George Osborn's determination to transform the UK's high tax, high welfare economy into a more prosperous low tax, low welfare dependence one, but also of the real possibility that if we stick to a combination of push and pull policies, this once considered impossible outcome, can be achieved.

You Can't Eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and They Won't Keep You Warm

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The child poverty figure was out this week, and it surprised many people by showing no overall rise. This wasn't the success the Conservatives tried to present it as; there is a target in place that commits the government to eradicating child poverty by 2020, the end of the current parliament, and this needs the figure to fall significantly every year with 2.3 million still below the breadline.

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

The Tory Myth of 'Full Employment' and the Reality: Austerity, 'Self-Employment', Chronic Underemployment and Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The unexpected Tory election victory last month no one seriously expected - least of all the Tory party - broke with the horror of a nightmare become ...