UK Unemployment

Letter To The Prime Minister

Lisa Wootton | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Wootton

everybody banner Nobody plans on becoming a special needs parent. Nobody. You don't visualize the future caring for your child for the rest of your life. Inadvertently you are training them to be independent from a very young age.

In Challenging Times, We Need A Job Market That Works For Young People

Professor John Raftery | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

If just one of these pupils is inspired to start their own business, creating jobs and new opportunities for others, then we have succeeded. Making sure that there is a place in the job market for all our young people, no matter their beginnings, is at the heart of what universities should do. There are, I'm sure, similar stories from every university in the land. Surely it makes sense to listen to them?

Disability And Business: Doing It For Ourselves

A.J. Higginson | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
A.J. Higginson

Perhaps surprisingly, mania and anxiety can produce great work and spark creativity. Some of the greatest names through history, in terms of discovery and changing the world around us, had a mental health disorder or a learning disability or sometimes both - Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Charles Darwin.

The Gig Economy And The World Of Unicorns

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Tech
Ehsan Khodarahmi

No-one really knows what the Gig Economy is all about The Gig Economy is based upon either disrupting an existing big business model or it is providi...

Giving Young People A Chance

Ellie Bradley | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Tech
Ellie Bradley

Modern technology may be transforming the jobs market, but the challenges remain age-old - we need experience to get experience and ultimately prosper.

The New Triple Lock: Youth Unemployment

Michael Mercieca | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Kate felt that the job interview with Razor Digital was going really well. She'd solved the simultaneous equation they had given her and she'd aced th...

The Difficulties Of Finding Employment When You Have A Disability

Alan Walton | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Walton

everybody banner I was born almost blind with extreme myopia. I was put into care when I was three because of my parents' inability to deal with my worsening eyesight. Life was very hard for me as there was a very real possibility that I would go completely blind by the time I reached 10 years old.

New Skills For Older Workers?

Chris Ball | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Chris Ball

Everyone seems to agree, a skilled and trained workforce is a pre-requisite for a successful economy. New skills and training are good for individuals too.

What Do You Think About On Your Way To A Job Interview?

Monica Duddy | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Duddy

One of the respondents to the survey commented, 'I was compared to another female colleague - a friend of mine - we were called 'the beauty and the beast.' Further to this, almost 80% of the respondents said they had avoided applying for a job because of potential reactions at the interview or from new colleagues.

The Future Of Work Is Here To Stay - Now We Need To Understand What It Means

Paul Cant | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Cant

Global IT decision makers must now focus on using IT automation in new ways to achieve business objectives. Without doing so, companies will not be able to overcome the budget, skills and time constraint challenges that plague businesses every day.

Brexit May Be The Story Of The Day, But The Chapter On Social Care Is Missing

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Politics
Rhidian Hughes

Brexit dominated the political agenda long before Theresa May called the snap general election. But news that the UK will head to the polls on June 8 - less than a year after the EU referendum - threatens to blow any other election issue but Brexit out of the water.

The Government Is Consulting On The Disability And Employment Gap - But We Need Action Now

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

One public policy strand which has remained consistent over the years, irrespective of which party is in government, is the focus on employment as a w...

Things I've Learned From Being Unemployed

Megan Ward | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Ward

In conclusion, I've learnt nothing of relevance from my time in unemployment and I need a job ASAP. If you're still at Uni reading this, please enjoy your last few happy months. It's hell out here in the real world, trust me.

Thinking About Work

Ricky Ross | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

In 1985, when I wrote the song Dignity, society was quite reasonably obsessed with unemployment. To me, at the time, the search for full employment he...

Giving People With Learning Disabilities Access To Work

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

From employers' negative attitudes and views, to limited support in finding jobs, there are many reasons why people with learning disabilities struggl...

How Do We Protect Ourselves Against The Rise Of The Machines?

Phil Chambers | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Tech
Phil Chambers

For those on the other side, they argue that robots can create more jobs by increasing productivity. They also point out a close correlation between robot density and high employment in industrial nations, such as Germany.

The Genesis Of The UK's Gig Economy

Ed Green | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Ed Green

News last week: the number of UK workers on zero-hours contracts has reached the all-time high of 910,000. It was something of a blast from the past....

The Great British Benefits Handout: Love Is All They Need

Lee Healey | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lee Healey

Looking down at people on benefits is unhelpful. It's counterproductive, mean and unnecessary. What families on benefits need right now, in this changing world is love, support and a chance.

How ONS Family Spending Data Punctures Poverty Myths

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

Anyone who has lived in poverty knows that it is not a life of luxury, but one of hard grind. Millions of people throughout the country are faced with desperate choices, not, for example, whether to buy Nike or Reebok, but whether to pay the rent or feed their children.

I Gave You This Job To Try And Help You

Ellie May Forrester | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie May Forrester

"I gave you this job to try and help you", said one of my previous employers. These words hit me hard and I felt extremely patronised and saddened. The fact that, as a disabled person, I should have only been given a job out of pity, not based on my ability, goes to the heart of the problem.

Wage Against The Machine: Why We're Destined To Fight AI For Our Jobs

Dan Rogers | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

When it comes to AI and jobs, there's two theories on how things will end up. Optimists will tell you that man and machine can coexist, be better together and live harmoniously. Others say new tech will leave millions unemployed.

Skilling Up Young People for The Future

Bina Patel | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bina Patel

Sitting from the relative comfort of my office, the January cold seems somewhat manageable. Apart from my walk to and from work, my exposure to it is ...

Will AI Bless Us With A 15 Hour Work-Week, Or Turn Us Into Paperclips?

Dan Rogers | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

Technology-driven unemployment is no longer just an ailment of low-income households. No job is safe. There are now AI lawyers, AI accountants, and AI financial advisors. Even AI hedge fund managers. So much money is now being spent on technology that Gartner estimates many companies spend more on marketing technology than they do on actual marketing.

Wish List - By Katherine Soper

Chris Ball | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chris Ball

Hot on the heels of Ken Loach's successful film, I Daniel Blake, depicting the ordeals of claimants wrestling with the UK's welfare to work system, co...

Justice In 2017 - Nice If You Can Afford It

Justin Madders | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

During the referendum campaign, we saw that telling someone on a zero-hours contract or in agency work that there is a risk to their job from Brexit was futile. Until we begin to address these issues and reinstate the concept of secure employment, we will stand no chance of rebuilding our fractured society.