UK Unemployment

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.

My 20-Something Quarter-Life Crisis

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

I was born into a generation with the world at my fingertips, raised on the assumption that my financial prospects would be the same, if not greater, than those of my parents but instead the world we were told we could have, is out of reach; that career ladder we were all aiming to get on, is a high-chair away.

London Has 10 Times More Jobs Than Other Cities

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

The London jobs market is "booming" as other cities in the UK see a sharp decline in vacancies, with almost 10 times more jobs being created in the ca...

Benefits Street: Easy Prey

Rosie Kelly | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Kelly

Not only does Benefits Street propagate the myth of the work-shy, morally reprehensible benefits scrounger, it also neglects the majority of benefits claimants. Contrary to popular belief, most are not on unemployment benefits. In fact, the largest part of the welfare bill is spent on state pensions, with disability benefits and family benefits also coming in costing substantially more than unemployment.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Giddy Gideon

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 23 January 2014... 1) GIDDY GIDEON Over the past three-and-a-half years, George Osborne ha...

Jobless Forgotten in Coverage of Interest Rates as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Unemployment has shown a big fall in the last three months and now stands at 7.1% of the working population. But coverage of the issue has focused on the likely result of this fall on interest rates. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has said he will not raise interest rates, which have been stuck at 0.5% since 2009, until unemployment drops to 7%.

Escaping Burnout and Embracing the Joy of Missing Out - a Hot New Trend

Maite Baron | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Everything changes at the turn of the year. At least it feels that way having had a needed break from work and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It also offers the chance to consider what the brand new year might bring and contemplate how we are going to make 2014 one of our best years yet.

'Go Work In Costa..' (Even If You'll Fight Hundreds For Each Post)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Employment minister Esther McVey has been accused of peddling "fact-free nonsense" after urging young people to apply for entry-level jobs like with t...

Job-Seeking Audience: A Truth

Verity Nelson | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Verity Nelson

To all of those who are part of the job seeking audience and every graduate who feels worthless, hold on. When we get jobs, we will be so happy we will become fried eggs, not hard boiled. I feel better having written this. I will eventually get a job and then I will be able to humblebrag and moan just like everyone else on Facebook. Until then, I'm avoidng eggs......

LOOK: The Cost Of Living Crisis Is Not Over

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

British workers are still seeing their wages eaten into by soaring inflation as the latest figures showed salaries increased by 0.9% over the last yea...

Is the ESA Appeals System Failing Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The WCA has been regarded by many campaigners as being 'not fit for purpose', leading to a divisive and confrontational approach by many claimants, and I fear this has made the situation worse than it could have been. The campaigners have cited the fact that 38% of ESA appeals have been overturned as evidence that the WCA is not working and has to be changed.

Asa Bennett

Here's Why These Two Are WRONG To Say Migrants Take British Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Did soaring immigration under the last Labour government cost British workers their jobs? That was the message from Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa ...

The Toxic Underclass Behind Benefits Street

Karl Davis | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Watching Benefits Street made me feel voyeuristic. It made me feel depressed. It made me feel angry at the manner in which our actions are defined by the box we allow the mainstream media to dump us in.

Why We Must Take a More Joined Up Approach to Tackling Gender Inequality

Fran Hall | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
Fran Hall

I am arguing that all these things are related and they are an example of how we need to take a joined up approach to tackling gender equality and the negative effects it has on women, men and wider society.

Michael Rundle

Half Of All Jobs Will Be Automated By 2034

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

Almost half of all jobs could be automated by computers within two decades and "no government is prepared" for the tsunami of social change that will ...

'Misleading And Inaccurate'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A think tank has been accused of putting forward "misleading and inaccurate myths" after publishing a report saying that almost one in four single-par...

How Propagandists Manipulate the Facts to Sell the University Dream

Ed Pinkney | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

It was the blog's lackadaisical attitude towards student wellbeing that got to me. The way it claims that higher education has "been shown" to benefit the 'health and well-being' of students, without providing a shred of evidence... But it's the misleading employment claims that show how far propagandists are prepared to go to sell university places.

Does Anyone Just Do One Job Anymore?

Matt Lacey | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Matt Lacey

Alongside sporadic comedy and acting jobs, I make my living running a business that supplies lasers to the construction industry. This leads to a weird double life, where I juggle a disparate and unconnected set of tasks...

Going Into Business - the Woman's Way

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

If you are a woman who wants to live a profitable and rewarding life, then go into business ... your own, not someone else's. Even though I'm fully aware of the benefits of 'running your own show' and made the decision to do so long ago, I'm still inspired by the stories of others who have done the same.

This Stark Graph Shows How Osborne Failed To Reduce Youth Unemployment

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne promised in February 2010 to reduce youth unemployment as one of his benchmarks of economic success, in a target which he has so far di...

Can Your CV Get You a Job?

Jeremy Lamri | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Jeremy Lamri

There are many people unemployed, and recruitment techniques are quite out of date. Fine. Now that it's been said, time to move on. You need a job. And recruiters need to keep hiring. So let's have a look at your CV. What does it tell ?

UnemployedNet's 2014 Resolutions for a Better New Year

Nick Stephenson | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Well we've made it. The turkey has finished its traditional journey from shop to roast to sandwich to curry to bin and 2014 is well and truly with us. Those of us interested in political and social issues, particularly unemployment, are glad to see the back of last year...