UK Unemployment

Why Do an Apprenticeship?

Suzie Webb | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Suzie Webb

Apprenticeships are often perceived poorly in the UK and many people see them as suitable only for those who are less academically able. This perception is incorrect and needs to be addressed. Why should you consider doing an apprenticeship?

Joining the Rat Race: Why a Good Degree is No Longer Enough

Immy Guest | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Immy Guest

The problem is in that everyone wants to be on some committee or to be an editor for a newspaper or to produce their own play, thus there is huge competition between students for places. Many of the committee positions that are available require a gruelling interview process, sometimes involving two rounds, and for one particular committee I was interviewed by no less that 15 people at once

Mid-Twenties Career Crisis

Esther Hayden | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
Esther Hayden

Today's society despite what many believe does pressure many young people to get a job quick, almost without thinking or caring what it is, just so you can say you have one. Sometimes it can be hard to take a moment to consider what could be the most important direction for your future career path.

The Unemployment Vortex: Latin America's Next Dilemma

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

In the past five years, the global economy has experienced some of the most phenomenal uncertainties in its history. Yet we are already on the path to recovery. If you look at global trends between 2008 and 2013, it's easy to see the world is once again becoming a busy producer of goods. Exports are on the rise, and with them global GDP indicators.

The Pay Squeeze Is Over (But Only If You Got A Bonus)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition has received a boost from the news that average pay rises have outstripped inflation for the first time in four years in a sign of the s...

Young Brits More Pessimistic Than Those In China, Turkey And India

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics

Young people in Britain are much more pessimistic about their future than those in other countries, with barely a fifth (22%) expecting to have a bett...

Iain Duncan Smith's New Reforms Are Well Fair if You Ask Me

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Of course, Labour have been quick to criticise Mr Duncan Smith but the strength of the UK labour market - with record numbers of people in work, accompanied by dramatic falls in the number of the UK's unemployed - is plain evidence that his reforms are having an impact.

Coalition Finds New Way to Bash Claimants - Immediate Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who believed the government had exhausted its supply of welfare-demonising policies were in for a cruel shock as the Tories reached down the back of the sofa and pulled out another billy club.

More Job Vacancies...But Where Are The Candidates?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

Businesses are suffering from an increasing shortage of candidates despite the increasing number of job vacancies, in a sign that a "core group" of lo...

Petition Launched To Make DWP Phoneline Get Rid Of Vivaldi Hold Music

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

A brave, intrepid soul has launched a petition the entire nation should back. Ben Golightly has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP...

My Week Living Below the Line

Stephen_Brown | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Stephen_Brown

I'm halfway through my Live Below the Line challenge - a campaign which highlights the challenges faced by 1.2 billion people who live in extreme poverty every day - and frankly, I'm shattered.

This Thinktank Thinks We Should Abolish Minimum Wage For Young People

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

A right-of-centre think tank has been attacked for calling for the national minimum wage to be abolished for apprentices and under-18s. The Institu...

Salaries STILL Not Increasing... Despite More Job Vacancies Around

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics

Job vacancies are growing but salaries have not increased for a year despite renewed confidence in the economy, according to a new report. Employme...

Europe's Recovery Won't Solve Underlying Problems in the Jobs Market

Nick Pearce | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Pearce

Slowly but surely, Europe's economy is starting to recover. After more than half a decade of stagnation, the EU commission forecasts real GDP growth in the EU of 1.5% in 2014, rising to 2.0% in 2015. This is all well and good, but of greater importance is whether improvements in the economy translate into more jobs and higher pay.

Tories Back Full Employment - But Have No Idea How to Get There

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This devotion to support for the rich rather than the poor, and the decision to prioritise their interests at the expense of those lower down, is unlikely to bring the jobs he desires the in-work prosperity so needed by the majority.

Tackle Energy Skills Gap Now or Face a Dark Future

Chris Jones | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

If we don't act now to get more young people skilled, the UK could face, quite literally, a very dark future.

These Figures Just Undermined Osborne's Claims About Getting Britain Working

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's claim to be "getting Britain working" has been savagely undermined by official figures showing that the number of people out of work ...

Divert Jobseeker Benefits to Fund Apprenticeships

Andrew Boff | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Imagine if we get just half of the Capital's 33,200 young JSA claimants off benefits and into apprenticeships, it would free up hundreds of millions of pounds to help fund these opportunities, getting our youngsters out of the job centre and into the workplace.

Jobs Crisis Over? Here Are 6 Posts That Attracted An Insane Number Of Applicants

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne and his fellow ministers have seized on every improvement in the employment figures as proof that the coalition's "long-term economic p...

Universal Jobmatch Farce Shows Coalition Doesn't Understand the Real Cost of Cuts

Nick Stephenson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The government is planning to end its Universal Jobmatch contract early with the scheme descending into farce. Signing up to the site is a condition of receiving Jobseeker's Allowance for most unemployed people, who have been forced to use it under threat of losing their benefits...

Boost For Osborne As Jobless Number Falls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has received a well-timed political boost as the latest official figures show that the number of people out of work fell by 63,000 to 2...

Asa Bennett

7 Broken Budget Promises George Osborne Would Rather You Didn't Notice

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne is set to use his Budget on Wednesday to argue that his austerity strategy has been vindicated and to sketch out a rosy financial futur...

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

Growth in Hospitality and the War for Talent

Ian Burke | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Ian Burke

If the industry misses this trick, it will be faced with an ever growing talent gap, and a skills shortage which could seriously hamper the industry's growth prospects.

The Best Music to Lose Your Job To

Grant Feller | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

A year ago I lost my job, felt sorry for myself for 48 hours and then got back on the bus and started my own phenomenally successful (almost) media consultancy. My latest playlist selection was, I thought, entirely random. But today I realised it's not - it's all about me. Or at least me and work - losing, winning and everything in between.