UK Unemployment

Young Bear Brunt as Chancellor Plays Politics With Autumn Statement

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Demoralised by a lack of work, the young are further demotivated by the lack of opportunity they face and the knowledge that they are part of a million-strong army of kids chasing the few openings there are with little real work experience.

The Pains of Rural Poverty Are Very Real

Steve Rose | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

Sherborne is a postcard of upper and middle-class tranquillity in Dorset. Famous for its historic abbey and private schools. But Sherborne is a Potemkin town. Look beyond the superficiality and the poverty is very real.

I'm an Arts Graduate and I Turned Down a Good Job

Kirsten Parnell | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kirsten Parnell

I'm well aware that I'm not in a position to be picky. There are a lot of people who are quite good at doing things with words. So when, a few weeks ago, I was offered a full-time position as a 'document writer' for a small but growing company, you'd expect me to have jumped on it. I turned it down.

More PhDs Is Not the Right Response to the Cuts in Education - Stop Destroying the Academic Job Market

George Iordanou | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.

Small Business Saturday UK - Celebrating the Backbone of Our Economy

Maite Baron | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Small Business Saturday UK (7th December 2013), born in the USA as a way to get more consumers to shop within their own communities, has now migrated to this side of The Pond, and with very good reason.

The German Paradox: Highest Employment in Europe and Increasing Poverty

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

The number of people at risk of poverty grows in Germany, although the number of employed has never before been so high, according to the results published this week by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The study, which takes a snapshot of German society from numerous surveys, shows that in 2012 the country had 41.5 million people employed, the highest in its history. However, the total working volume was at 1991 levels.

I Believe You Can

Simon Stevens | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I have never suggested that anyone should be working and I perfectly accept that there is many people, disabled or not, who are not ready to work for a whole range of reasons. I have never cared how many disabled people actually work, but simply the fact society, professionals and disabled people themselves believed they can work.

Launching a Job-Site Startup at 18: Over 10,000 Jobs, 60,000 Hits and 50 Sleepless Nights

Rasheed Rollins | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Rasheed Rollins

YouthDirect allows a young person to find any job opportunity, work experience, apprenticeship, internship or training opportunity in any field that interests them by simply submitting their post-code. With the website's simple map feature, any young person can find the closest opportunity to them and apply for it through us.

Changing the Money for Nothing Culture

David Green | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
David Green

The benefits debate is gathering real momentum in the UK. Should the unemployed do something in return for taxpayer's support? Surely the answer is yes. But if governments condition our unemployed to expect money for nothing, then the result is obvious. There is no incentive to find a job. Any smart person will take money for nothing.

Y Do We Always Criticise Generation Y?

Jameela Jamil | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jameela Jamil

Lazy, social media obsessed and filled with a sense of entitlement. The all too familiar criticisms that levelled at Generation Yers today. Like millions of others born between the early 1980s until the early 2000s, I'm part of a group that everybody seems to have an opinion on. We're a group who can't focus on anything, a 'boomerang generation' who run back to their parents every time they face a problem and expect a glittering career to be handed to them on a plate.

Jein: Germany Is Not as Strong as It Looks

Terence Tse | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Terence Tse

The fact that Germany is not as strong as we believe means that the country may not be able to lift Europe out of its economic woe. If this is really the case, we are pinning our high hope on the wrong leader. It therefore makes a lot more sense for us to come up with new ways to solve the Eurozone crisis...

So Why Are 47% of Graduates Working Non-Graduate Jobs?

James Howell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Howell

Whether it's experience or proven skills, employers have been setting higher application requirements as to limit the amount of graduates that would be accepted. I would argue that this is also a result of the economic crash.

Labour Threatens Young People With Benefit Withdrawal - But Is This Hot Air?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This morning's papers were full of headlines trumpeting a plan to end benefits for the under-25s, a bizarre and infantilising idea when dealing with the needs of adults. The claims were denied by Reeves... If the denial is true it is welcome.

Half Of All Government Departments Should Be Shut, Say Tory MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

Tory MPs have suggested killing off Whitehall departments, lowering the benefit cap and imposing VAT on children's clothes and food in order to pay do...

Gen Y Can Influence Change in Leadership and Governance

Charles Oliver | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Charles Oliver

Youth unemployment levels cannot be wholly improved without effective policy by national governments, nor education in our schools that needs to adapt to the requirements of the 21st century. Arguably, global business will struggle to become more responsible without an element of legislative steer too.

The Recovery Delusion

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

The numbers that proclaim recovery are of course GDP: that profoundly irrational statistic that sees more growth in disaster relief than disaster prevention, that grows with war and floods but never measures educational attainment or physical health. With a data point that skewed, it's no wonder our current bad news is trumpeted as good news.

George's Big Idea To Help Young People Get Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne could unveil plans next month in his Autumn Statement to scrap national insurance payments for employers who hire young people, in a ma...

Five Ways to Start a Business and Create Your Own Legacy

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

moving away from corporate life to start a new venture is a big step to take, but it can be a life-changing leap forward, as those who have done it have found. And by doing the same you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the world in a way that would never be possible if you stay with a corporate organisation.

Are You Having a Mid-twenties Crisis?

Madeleine Dodd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Madeleine Dodd

We're not 'hot young talent', we're the most disposable, and once disposed of we'll probably have to work for free again. Britain's brutally uncertain jobs market is the perfect clammy breeding ground for a mid-twenties crisis.

DWP - Too Political, Not Independent Enough?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The separation between government and civil service is a vital one. Governments come and go, but the civil service is permanent, and only works when it stands apart and acts as a bulwark against the worst excesses of politicians. So a press release that found on the Department of Work and Pensions website on Monday tips over an invisible but vital line of trust.

Why Can't A Record Number Of People Find Full-Time Jobs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

The number of people forced to work part-time because they have not been able to find full-time work is at its highest level since records began, offi...

Engineering a New Generation of Talent

Olivia Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Jones

The challenge now is for schools, universities, business and Government join us in making sure that the potential engineers of the future are informed, without prejudice, of all the opportunities available to them. We need to work together to provide the advice and support all young people need to make informed decisions at an early age.

Take Your Hands Away From That Wallet - Things Are Gonna Be Cheaper

Nick Beecroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Nick Beecroft

No fewer than four Regional Fed Presidents are due to speak this week, plus Bernanke, and they represent a pretty wide spread of hawks, doves and centrists, so we should be able to watch their lips to get a better sense of whether the bond market was correct in its surprisingly large response to Friday's suspect US unemployment report.

Immigration 1: when the media says who is threatened

Gregor Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

It's easy to say that immigration has been in the news this week, but in modern Britain, immigration is always in the news. An Englishman's home is, w...

No Evidence That We Have Anything to Fear From EU Immigration

Rob Ackrill | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Ackrill

Researchers have found repeatedly, in multiple studies, that migration has had a range of positive effects on the UK economy. It has boosted Gross Domestic Product; lowered inflation, in turn helping to keep interest rates lower than otherwise; and there has been a significant net gain to the UK budget.