UK Unemployment

The Government's Failure to Tackle Youth Unemployment is Ridiculous

James Morris | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Morris

Ordinarily, an impending election would whip politicians into a mad frenzy of desperately trying to rectify such a disaster; then things might actually change. Another good reason for young people to vote.

Short-Term Scramble for Young People's Votes Risks Taking the Eye Off the Job - Youth Unemployment

Paul Noblet | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

Reductions in the claimant count will always be welcome, but what is needed from all parties between now and 7 May are policies which support all young people out of unemployment and into sustainable work.

In the Age of the Snap-Judged CV - Would Yours Make the Cut?

Piers Linney | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Linney

As employers, we know how tough it is out there, but that doesn't stop us wanting the very best people for the job, particularly as these new recruits could one day become the leaders of our businesses. We want to see evidence that these young people have got what it takes to negotiate the complexities of today's workplace.

I Don't Want a Job Because I'm Gay, I Want It Because I'm Talented

Steven Stewart | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steven Stewart

You want a truly diverse workforce, you don't have people brought in because they fit a label, you bring them in because they're talented. It's a matter of pride and self-worth to refuse a job if you know you're only being offered it because you fit into a particular category.

Tories Aspire to Full Employment - But Will Do Nothing to Get There

Nick Stephenson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

For full employment to become a reality, any government needs to ensure all of Britain benefits from prosperity. The coalition would rather make empty rhetorical gestures than actually work towards real opportunities for all.

More Needs to Be Done to End Unfair Internship Practices

Spencer Thompson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Spencer Thompson

Already there are thousands of unpaid interns struggling to make ends meet, and even more who are turned away from professions not because of their skills, but because of their economic background. If we want our workforce to be a reflection of society instead of inequality then we need to widen access to internships, improve their quality, and make sure they are paid.

The Great British Jobs Divide

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK

The stark gap between Britain's best and worst-performing cities has "dramatically widened" over the past decade, a new study has shown. And nearly...

Can't Leave the House? Can't Get a Job

Martina Milburn | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Martina Milburn

The list of things which can go wrong in a young person's life is a long and ugly one. From a troubled home life featuring violence or emotional abuse, to bullying, health problems or being the caregiver for family members; young people are often carrying more than just the burden of growing up.

Will Celebrity Big Brother Finally End Katie Hopkins as a Benefit Commentator?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The line up of this year's Celebrity Big Brother has been announced, and it shows a familiar bunch of has-beens, never-weres, side-show freaks and fake controversialists. Into that last category falls Katie Hopkins, newspaper columnist and scourge of the unemployed and benefit claimants...

Good, But Could Do Better

Chris Jones | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and plans have been made. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. And before we know it, we'll be toasting in the New Year. People say things tend to quieten down for businesses around this time of year, but this certainly hasn't been the case in the skills and employment arena. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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 25.01.2015 | 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 18.01.2015 | 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 13.01.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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?