UK Unemployment

The Pay Squeeze Is Over (But Only If You Got A Bonus)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition has received a boost from the news that average pay rises have outstripped inflation for the first time in four years in a sign of the s...

Young Brits More Pessimistic Than Those In China, Turkey And India

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics

Young people in Britain are much more pessimistic about their future than those in other countries, with barely a fifth (22%) expecting to have a bett...

Iain Duncan Smith's New Reforms Are Well Fair if You Ask Me

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Of course, Labour have been quick to criticise Mr Duncan Smith but the strength of the UK labour market - with record numbers of people in work, accompanied by dramatic falls in the number of the UK's unemployed - is plain evidence that his reforms are having an impact.

Coalition Finds New Way to Bash Claimants - Immediate Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who believed the government had exhausted its supply of welfare-demonising policies were in for a cruel shock as the Tories reached down the back of the sofa and pulled out another billy club.

More Job Vacancies...But Where Are The Candidates?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

Businesses are suffering from an increasing shortage of candidates despite the increasing number of job vacancies, in a sign that a "core group" of lo...

Petition Launched To Make DWP Phoneline Get Rid Of Vivaldi Hold Music

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

A brave, intrepid soul has launched a petition the entire nation should back. Ben Golightly has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP...

My Week Living Below the Line

Stephen_Brown | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Stephen_Brown

I'm halfway through my Live Below the Line challenge - a campaign which highlights the challenges faced by 1.2 billion people who live in extreme poverty every day - and frankly, I'm shattered.

This Thinktank Thinks We Should Abolish Minimum Wage For Young People

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

A right-of-centre think tank has been attacked for calling for the national minimum wage to be abolished for apprentices and under-18s. The Institu...

Salaries STILL Not Increasing... Despite More Job Vacancies Around

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics

Job vacancies are growing but salaries have not increased for a year despite renewed confidence in the economy, according to a new report. Employme...

Europe's Recovery Won't Solve Underlying Problems in the Jobs Market

Nick Pearce | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Pearce

Slowly but surely, Europe's economy is starting to recover. After more than half a decade of stagnation, the EU commission forecasts real GDP growth in the EU of 1.5% in 2014, rising to 2.0% in 2015. This is all well and good, but of greater importance is whether improvements in the economy translate into more jobs and higher pay.

Tories Back Full Employment - But Have No Idea How to Get There

Nick Stephenson | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This devotion to support for the rich rather than the poor, and the decision to prioritise their interests at the expense of those lower down, is unlikely to bring the jobs he desires the in-work prosperity so needed by the majority.

Tackle Energy Skills Gap Now or Face a Dark Future

Chris Jones | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

If we don't act now to get more young people skilled, the UK could face, quite literally, a very dark future.

These Figures Just Undermined Osborne's Claims About Getting Britain Working

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's claim to be "getting Britain working" has been savagely undermined by official figures showing that the number of people out of work ...

Divert Jobseeker Benefits to Fund Apprenticeships

Andrew Boff | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Imagine if we get just half of the Capital's 33,200 young JSA claimants off benefits and into apprenticeships, it would free up hundreds of millions of pounds to help fund these opportunities, getting our youngsters out of the job centre and into the workplace.

Jobs Crisis Over? Here Are 6 Posts That Attracted An Insane Number Of Applicants

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne and his fellow ministers have seized on every improvement in the employment figures as proof that the coalition's "long-term economic p...

Universal Jobmatch Farce Shows Coalition Doesn't Understand the Real Cost of Cuts

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The government is planning to end its Universal Jobmatch contract early with the scheme descending into farce. Signing up to the site is a condition of receiving Jobseeker's Allowance for most unemployed people, who have been forced to use it under threat of losing their benefits...

Boost For Osborne As Jobless Number Falls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has received a well-timed political boost as the latest official figures show that the number of people out of work fell by 63,000 to 2...

Asa Bennett

7 Broken Budget Promises George Osborne Would Rather You Didn't Notice

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne is set to use his Budget on Wednesday to argue that his austerity strategy has been vindicated and to sketch out a rosy financial futur...

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

Growth in Hospitality and the War for Talent

Ian Burke | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Ian Burke

If the industry misses this trick, it will be faced with an ever growing talent gap, and a skills shortage which could seriously hamper the industry's growth prospects.

The Best Music to Lose Your Job To

Grant Feller | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

A year ago I lost my job, felt sorry for myself for 48 hours and then got back on the bus and started my own phenomenally successful (almost) media consultancy. My latest playlist selection was, I thought, entirely random. But today I realised it's not - it's all about me. Or at least me and work - losing, winning and everything in between.

Unlocking the Potential of Britain's Young People

Martina Milburn | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Martina Milburn

The key to starting to unlock a young person's potential really can be as simple as treating them as such - not succumbing to stereotypes and really listening to them. It may sound obvious but it is a large part of the reason why three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.

Realise Your Career Potential With an Apprenticeship

Steve Goldthorpe | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Goldthorpe

With National Apprenticeship Week in full swing last week, and since youth unemployment remains at 20%, it's more important than ever that we do everything we can to help young people into work. I'm an example of how an apprenticeship can give you a job for life after joining British Gas as an apprentice 34 years ago, back in 1980, and now I run our six training academies across the UK training the engineers of tomorrow.

Web for Everyone Launches Campaign to Fight Internet Inequality

Freya Bromley | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

As we celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web, the Web for Everyone coalition wants to give thousands of people the power to learn new digital skills. The aim of the partnership is to address 'internet inequality' by encouraging people from all walks of life, young and old, to not only use the Web but create it.

Jobseeker's Allowance Needs to Come Into This Century

Leigh Jones | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

It's in the interest of the taxpayer to make it difficult for those who need to to jump through the benefits hoops. However, this goes further than that. This is a system in need of immediate, wholesale reform. IDS has worked to make the whole jobseeking process online, which is great, but putting an old-fashioned bureaucracy onto the internet isn't the same as modernising it.