UK Unemployment

Harsh Realities of Growth in Self-Employment for Britain's Older Workers

Chris Ball | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

They are more likely to be following the maxim, "Live longer, work longer," but how much work do they actually do? Being "self-employed" may seem preferable to being "retired" and definitely better than "unemployed," even if many of the self-employed are in tiny jobs, working only a few hours a week. In truth, some may be happy with that, but not all are.

I Finally Got a Full Time Job and Now I'm Going to Do Mindfulness

Georgie Bradley | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgie Bradley

During the miserly search for a journo job I held down a nannying job as well as poking my way through different freelance gigs. I didn't get it. I was freelancing, actively applying my training and doing it but I didn't manage to get an actual in-house job. Freelance is a schizophrenic lifestyle, symptomatic of a range of highs and gutter lows.

Fake Recovery Continues - Two-Thirds of Jobs Created Since 2008 Are Self-Employed, and Earnings Fall Sharply

Nick Stephenson | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information on changes in self-employment, and confirms what we have said for years: the increase is an issue more of desperation than any 'entrepreneurial spirit'.

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

Cut the Snark Mark, Even If Your Masterplan Is a Muddle

Asa Bennett | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Asa Bennett

"It seems a muddle", I wondered aloud after he presented the Bank's latest outlook for the economy. What was his response? He glowered, and shot back: "You're muddled, I'm afraid." Sitting at his side, deputy governor Ben Broadbent duly chuckled at Carney's catty response. I was almost surprised he didn't offer a saucer of milk.

Youth is More Than the Theme of the Day; It's the Theme of the Decade

Kate Redman | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Kate Redman

The number of young people experiencing the impact of slow economic growth is at an all-time high. Currently, they make up 18% of the population in developing countries; and constitute 12% of the population in developed countries.

The UK Skills Crisis Coverage Fails to See the Big Picture - A Changing World of Work

Mark Hillary | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.

Why the 'Clipped Wing Generation' Is Flying Higher Than Ever

Laura French | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura French

When people complain about the apparent loss of community and kindness, they seem to ignore the good things Generation Y have done; numerous youth-led initiatives, student-run committees in schools across the country, young people working together to create opportunity and equality for everyone.

Jobcentres 'Do More Harm Than Good' - Whistleblower

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Jobcentres have faced huge criticism over the last few weeks, and now an insider has come forward to tell his story of how management and the government, together with some dodgy frontline staff, are ruining the service from within:

Heroes of the Unemployed - Everton Footballer Steven Naismith

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Sport
Nick Stephenson

Everton footballer Steven Naismith has shown solidarity with unemployed people in the city of Liverpool - where his team plays - by buying tickets for jobless people for every home match this season.

Escape Mediocrity: a Takeaway From China

Maite Baron | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

We're living in an increasingly vibrant entrepreneurial society... 90% of new jobs created in Britain in the fourth quarter of 2013 were classed as self-employed... it will provide us with opportunities, not just in terms of wealth creation, but also for social mobility and individual well being.

Asa Bennett

This 'Sandwich Board Lady' Has Been Job Hunting For Months

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Gerri Spiers has been taking to the streets in search of work as a secretary with her trusty sandwich board, causing a commotion on social media as pe...

Mr Ross Doesn't Work For Free

Ross Semple | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Ross Semple

It wasn't until the end of the shift that one of the girls I was working with let it slip that I wouldn't be getting paid for my time. Yes, that is correct. Aside from a few pounds in tips, I wasn't getting compensated or my time. I might as well just have spent the evening engaging in my normal routine of obsessive cleaning and reality television.

Foodbanks Bad, Welfare State Good?

Dave Clements | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

It is demeaning, they argue, to stand in line for a food parcel. But is it really any less demeaning to stand in a not dissimilar line at the door of a job centre or welfare office. Don't both turn people into state dependents?

Managing Housing Market Risks in the United Kingdom

Ruy Lama | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Ruy Lama

House prices are rising rapidly in the UK at an annual rate of 10.5 percent. House price inflation is particularly high in London (20 percent per year...

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

Clegg Ends His Embarrassingly Bad Scheme To Get Young People Jobs

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg's flagship government scheme to get young people back into work is being wound up a month early after failing to help more than a fraction ...

The Age of the Silver Entrepreneur

Maite Baron | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Whatever the reason, the economic contribution of silver professionals is significant and also necessary, as the average age of the UK and US populations continues to rise- this at least is a fact nobody can deny.

Top Tories Want Iain Duncan Smith To Shut All Jobcentres

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Br...

More Unemployed Misery as Falling Wages and Self-Employment Woes Hit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today's official unemployment figures show a familiar pattern to those who watch them regularly.

The Truth Behind Procrastination

Maite Baron | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

When it comes to doing things we really like doing, we need little persuasion to do them. We don't procrastinate, we just leap in and seize any opportunity to do what we love because that makes us happy.

IDS Survives Cabinet Cull But McVey Promotion Means Nothing to Unemployed

Nick Stephenson | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Hated work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith survived the Tory night of the long knives to keep his cabinet job. But in a move which is more about presentation than policy, employment minister and Smith deputy Esther McVey will also attend cabinet meetings.

Is Toxic Culture Syndrome Stagnating Social Mobility?

Emily Perry | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Emily Perry

Employers don't just give people a job, they give them the chance to change their life. This is a huge responsibility, just like balancing the books, turning over a profit and succeeding. It's time we recognised this and all did our bit to ensure we don't let the water become toxic.

Millions Of Over Qualified Workers To Be Left Without Jobs In Unemployment 'Twilight Zone'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

Millions of people could be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for within the next decade unless action is taken to tackle a future unem...

Wake Up Your Entrepreneurial Genes

Maite Baron | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

You are almost certainly well-educated, quite possibly with a university degree that has equipped you with an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills - theoretically that's a pretty good starting point