UK Unemployment

Bad Work Is Worse Than No Work, So Why Should Unemployed People Take Any Job?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Nick Stephenson

If we want the kind of economy and country where all are empowered to make the most of their careers and lives, and where the needs of the many are prioritised over those of the few, we need to understand the real story behind the coalition 'recovery'.

The Autumn Statement Provided a Boost for Apprenticeships... But Industry Must Now Take Up the Baton and Run With It

Leo Quinn | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Leo Quinn

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement sparked a grand level of debate and, as ever, divided opinion. Stamp Duty has grabbed most headlines, with the reforms in the levy being charged at different levels of house price attracting a lion's share of the discussion.

Skills Shortages Hold Back the UK - So Why Can't the Unemployed Get Training?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The UK's job market appears to be doing pretty well, but scratch the surface and life looks a whole lot less rosy for unemployed people.

Poetry On the Street, Is Freedom of Speech Antisocial?

Jenny Florence | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Florence

Yesterday, I walked into the shopping centre of my local town, and I came across an artist at work. His poetry, written in chalk, spanned the pavement and I, like many others, paused to read. His work seemed to be aimed at generating thought and reflection, and if this was the case, it was certainly working.

Why We Need More Schemes Like London360

Usman Butt | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Usman Butt

I think I will always divide my life into two parts, before London360, and after London360. Before seeing the advert for volunteer positions at London360, I was like many young graduates, unemployed and down on my luck.

To Whom It May Concern: How to Get a Job Interview With a Joke Application

Chris Sav | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Sav

I have been unemployed for the best part of the last three years. Despite a couple of creative successes it wasn't viable to lead an existence on the back of these, so I had to look for a real job. I did try to achieve this, but I wasn't getting any results so I was told that perhaps I wasn't trying hard enough.

Zero Tolerance on Zero Hours Exploitation

Ian Mearns | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Mearns

It is a national scandal that over half of the families living in poverty in the UK are now working households, and if the Government wanted to tackle the problem of in-work poverty they would legislate to put an end to such exploitative employment practices.

The Struggle for Values - In and Out of the Modern Job Market

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The unemployed are far from valueless - far from the cynical self-serving schemers they are often made out to be. Instead, they have found ways to adapt, to live and to find worth in the world that is theirs at present.

Two-thirds of Gen Y-ers Confident They Can Impact Their Local Worlds

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shivvy Jervis

A fresh update to the largest-ever survey of more than 6,700 Millennials across Latin America, the United States and Western Europe has found that today's 18-30 year olds are strikingly optimistic about their prospects for the future.

We Need Action to Tackle Exploitative Zero-Hours Contracts, But Ministers' Plans Are Falling Badly Short

Ian Murray | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Murray

Prior to becoming an MP, I ran a number of small businesses, and through that experience I know that staff perform best when you respect them and give them confidence and stability through clear working hours and responsibilities. We need to see a recovery built on creating more better-paid, high skilled jobs across Britain, not insecure employment...

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 15.12.2014 | 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 15.12.2014 | 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 07.12.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 20.11.2014 | 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 19.11.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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'.