UK Unemployment

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.

IDS Faces Probe Over 'Bogus' Jobs Advertised For Job Hunters

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions could be investigated after it emerged that over a third of a million jobs it advertises for job h...

68,000 Wrongly Sanctioned Shows the Benefit System Is Broken

Nick Stephenson | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who want to suggest solutions to the sanctions issue - one of the biggest facing unemployed people in the UK - need to acknowledge that the system that implements it is broken and delivers far more misery and poverty than justice.

Enough Death and Destruction Please - We Deserve Better

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.

'Pick Fruit Or Lose Your Benefits' Minister Says

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics

Unemployed Britons should have to pick fruit on farms or be stripped of their benefits, farming minister George Eustice has suggested. The Tory min...

Seven Reasons Why 2014 Is the Year of the Entrepreneur

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

I've been saying for a while now that I believe there has never been a better time to start up in business, so it's great to see that others agree. And not just anyone, but one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs, head of Virgin Richard Branson.

Only One In 50 Workers Feels Better Off, Warns TUC

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

Few workers are feeling the benefit of the economic recovery, with just one in 50 saying they are better off, according to the TUC. The union organ...

Claimants to Be Locked Out of Appeals as Government Denies Access to Justice

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A secret internal document from the Department for Work and Pensions shows that the coalition is planning to charge claimants for appealing against benefit sanctions.

The Folly of the Government's Current Internship Scheme

Raj Dhonota | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Raj Dhonota

While I certainly don't agree with exploiting graduates and other interns I'm not convinced the whole concept of companies having to pay graduates minimum wage across the board - especially when it comes to micro businesses and small businesses - is a good one.

It's SO Unfair!

Nick Abbot | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

The kids are revolting. And they are revolting against stereotyping by the media. That is so typical of them, what with their whining and their egotism and their thinking that they are the centre of the universe. Unless that is stereotyping, in which case I take it back (and taking things back is typical of the lilly-livered, spineless middle aged).

Boost For Osborne As Number Of Jobless Falls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has received a welcome political boost as official figures show the number of unemployed people has fallen by 125,000 to 2.34 million. ...

Cameron 'Should Get The Facts Right' On Welfare Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's claim that the number of households without work doubled under the last Labour government has been disproved by the official figures. ...

Are Graduates Shooting Themselves In The Foot When It Comes To Getting A Job?

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The employment landscape is still bleak for thousands of graduates across the country struggling to find a job after years of expensive higher study. ...

IDS Has 'No Idea' How Much He's Paying To Get Young Into Sex Industry Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after the Department for Work and Pensions admitted it does not know how much it is paying adult employers in go...

The Big Lie We Tell the UK's Young People

Chris Jones | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The reality is that 47% of graduates are working in a job that doesn't even require a degree. University doesn't come with the job guarantee these days that my generation was promised.

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Given that many of the jobs lost in manufacturing over the last forty years - it now accounts for less than 10% of the economy - were in 'traditional' areas of the country such as the North East and North West, to name but two, any increase in jobs that require making real things, as opposed to the service sector, would be welcome.

The Fun Side of Business

Maite Baron | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Now we have all settled into the new year, I thought its time to take a slightly different look at business, and reflects a little of the fun side ... something and which I hope will make you laugh.

Who Needs a Career Plan?

Jeremy Lamri | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jeremy Lamri

The generation of our parents lived by the rule : get a good education and the job, life and happiness will follow suit. But for those who haven't been reading the news, times have changed!

IDS Dismisses Scrutiny as MPs Give Him a Mauling on Universal Credit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Iain Duncan Smith appeared in front of the work and pensions committee of MPs yesterday, but decided against illuminating them - and us - about his work. His Universal Credit scheme, widely recognised to be failing due in great part to his poor management and lack of financial acumen, was the main item on the agenda.

Fake Self-Employment Replaces Real Jobs in Sick UK Economy

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

More than half of the new 'jobs' created in the UK economy since 2008 have been in self-employment, and the income they attract has taken a sharp dive.

Why Are We Ignoring the Human Cost of Benefits Street?

Louis Degenhardt | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Degenhardt

Benefits Street has provided a unique opportunity - it has made the nature of our welfare state an unprecedentedly hot topic. That chance needs to be seized upon by progressives everywhere. They must not get lost in the smaller picture, but change the nature of the debate itself.

Value Economics: The Vision of Success

Maite Baron | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

I suppose nowadays it does not come as a complete surprise when we hear that there's another banking scandal brewing. If its not that most investment banks have been expecting interns and other junior employees to work in excess of 70 hours a week, it will be someone like RBS forcing viable businesses to the wall for its own corporate gain.