UK Unemployment

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.

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...