UK Unemployment

Migration in Context: UK Arrivals AND Departures

Chris Lawton | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Lawton

In an earlier article, my colleague Professor Rob Ackrill and I summarised the findings of a wide range of research on the impacts of migration. React...

Jobless Young People 'Feel They Have Nothing To Live For'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Unemployed young people are twice as likely to be on anti-depressants and many have contemplated suicide, a disturbing report has found. A study fo...

How to Be One Step Ahead in Your Jobs Search

Selina Boshorin | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Selina Boshorin

Typically, the period between Christmas and the New Year is a time of reflection when people look back at the past year - assessing what they've achieved, what they could have done better and what they're hoping to accomplish in the New Year. From our experience, this is also a period when people start thinking about their career plans and jobs search.

I'm an Intern, Not an Idiot

Tish Weinstock | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tish Weinstock

Without internships, you can kiss goodbye to gaining critical experience; wave farewell to school credit; bid adieu to making friends, those future stars of fashion; and pretty much forget about getting your name in print. Everybody starts out as an intern; it's a rite of passage. And, the longer you can stick it out as one, the greater the chance of ultimately getting a job..

Workers Face 'Very Slim Pickings' In 2014

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

Workers face a year of "slim pickings" in 2014 despite an increase in jobs and a rise in average earnings, according to a new report. Average earn...

We Must Stop the 'Painful Increase' in Need for Donations of Food and Clothing

Jacob Tas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

On the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year staff at Action for Children are working to support the poorest families across the UK stay warm and fed. This is a sad reflection of the worsening effects of the tough economic times we are in; in previous years we handed out presents during the festive season.

2013 in Unemployment - Media and Government Combine to Kick the Workless

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The one apparent bright spot, the fall in unemployment, came with more caveats than the average party election manifesto. More are working part-time only because they can't find full-time work while those earning less than premiership footballers have lost hundreds more pounds this year as wages still haven't kept pace with inflation.

A Brief History of Recruitment

Jeremy Lamri | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Jeremy Lamri

Before the industrial revolution, large organisations were those specialised in trading and mining. But recruitment was widely focused on local workers, the management positions being generally reserved for noble or distinguished men...

10 Reasons Why a Social Media Strategy Is the New CV

Maite Baron | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

When we're all so committed to being online, it seems surprising that many professionals and managers, along with those giving careers advice still haven't realised that a professional social media strategy is now a must.

The Reality of Being Young and Unemployed at Christmas

Kate Ansell | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Ansell

This time of year is meant to be fun, but the twinkling lights, shiny shop fronts, looped yuletide tunes and nights out can make a hole in your pocket seem enormous. It's a reminder for many that they are out of work and can't afford to have the Christmas on display on the high street...

Cable Finally Reveals If Govt Will Ban Zero Hours Contracts

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK

Unions have slammed the Government's unwillignness to ban zero-hours contracts, but the move has been welcomed by business leaders, after Business Sec...

Another Nasty Tory Policy in the Making?

Bob Morgan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

A Tory MP has floated the idea of only paying child benefit for the first two children of any unemployed people. Those actually in work on less than £30,000 a year would only be given child tax credits, worth £2725, for the first two children they have according to this proposal.

Recalibrating the Machine

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

It is crucial to look out there to turn around the learning if we are to re-calibrate the machine. If we as educators can't be open, radically re-learn from young people and collaborate with others out there to help fashion new digital tools and approaches to transforming the lives of marginalised young people, the queue will continue to be long and the cry that "Education, labour or the machine isn't working" will become ever louder.

Things Are Finally Looking Up

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Things are finally looking up for graduates and apprentices as more companies expect to hire young people in 2014, according to a new report. The C...

Desperate Enough to Be Exploited? Have We Got a Job For You...

Katie Winrow | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Katie Winrow

Yesterday, in an article on the Huffington Post, I read quotes from Sir Stuart Rose, CEO of Ocado and Lance Batchelor, CEO of Domino's, in relation to immigration and the British work ethic. To be quite frank, I was incredulous. These men are no doubt highly intelligent individuals, with an intrinsic understanding of the political and economic aspects of both free trade and the labour markets.

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.