UK Unemployment

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 22.08.2014 | 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 15.08.2014 | 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 14.08.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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.

The UK Skills Crisis Coverage Fails to See the Big Picture - A Changing World of Work

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.

Why the 'Clipped Wing Generation' Is Flying Higher Than Ever

Laura French | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura French

When people complain about the apparent loss of community and kindness, they seem to ignore the good things Generation Y have done; numerous youth-led initiatives, student-run committees in schools across the country, young people working together to create opportunity and equality for everyone.

Jobcentres 'Do More Harm Than Good' - Whistleblower

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Jobcentres have faced huge criticism over the last few weeks, and now an insider has come forward to tell his story of how management and the government, together with some dodgy frontline staff, are ruining the service from within:

Heroes of the Unemployed - Everton Footballer Steven Naismith

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Sport
Nick Stephenson

Everton footballer Steven Naismith has shown solidarity with unemployed people in the city of Liverpool - where his team plays - by buying tickets for jobless people for every home match this season.

Escape Mediocrity: a Takeaway From China

Maite Baron | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

We're living in an increasingly vibrant entrepreneurial society... 90% of new jobs created in Britain in the fourth quarter of 2013 were classed as self-employed... it will provide us with opportunities, not just in terms of wealth creation, but also for social mobility and individual well being.

Asa Bennett

This 'Sandwich Board Lady' Has Been Job Hunting For Months

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Gerri Spiers has been taking to the streets in search of work as a secretary with her trusty sandwich board, causing a commotion on social media as pe...

Mr Ross Doesn't Work For Free

Ross Semple | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Ross Semple

It wasn't until the end of the shift that one of the girls I was working with let it slip that I wouldn't be getting paid for my time. Yes, that is correct. Aside from a few pounds in tips, I wasn't getting compensated or my time. I might as well just have spent the evening engaging in my normal routine of obsessive cleaning and reality television.

Foodbanks Bad, Welfare State Good?

Dave Clements | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

It is demeaning, they argue, to stand in line for a food parcel. But is it really any less demeaning to stand in a not dissimilar line at the door of a job centre or welfare office. Don't both turn people into state dependents?

Managing Housing Market Risks in the United Kingdom

Ruy Lama | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Ruy Lama

House prices are rising rapidly in the UK at an annual rate of 10.5 percent. House price inflation is particularly high in London (20 percent per year...

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

Clegg Ends His Embarrassingly Bad Scheme To Get Young People Jobs

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg's flagship government scheme to get young people back into work is being wound up a month early after failing to help more than a fraction ...