UK Unemployment

A Degree Too Far?

Alexander Bowden | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Bowden

On Monday, Nick Clegg 'promised' the government would not raise tuition fees to £16,000. Today, thousands of young people will continue to apply to a...

Everyone's Free (To Spend Time Figuring Out Their Career)

Jameela Jamil | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jameela Jamil

Here are my suggestions on what to do with the next year. Take a step back and really think about what you want from the next 40 years of work. It's a long time to be doing anything, so don't rush it. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.

Young Entrepreneurs Drive Solution to Youth Unemployment Crisis

Charles Oliver | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charles Oliver

One Young World's delegates of 2013 voted overwhelmingly to include youth unemployment as one of the six plenary topics discussed at this year's Summit in Johannesburg. Delegate speakers from the UK, France, Burundi, China, Nigeria and Turkey all showcased entrepreneurial initiatives and models that have been successful in lowering youth unemployment.

Graduates: Do We Only Live at Home for the Money?

Esther Hayden | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Hayden

Frequently in modern times the only context in which we read about young people is through the media portrayal of graduates in financial difficulty or with a lack of appropriate employment. But what about hard working youngsters, actively trying to achieve their goals?

On Benefits and Proud - Misleading, Dishonest, Misdirecting?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

There was a brief moment in On Benefits & Proud which showed Heather's two dogs, a tiny Chihuahua and another ten times its size. The big one appeared to be happily co-existing with the small one and looking after it. It was not hard to imagine the show's producers, and Channel 5 itself, being disappointed at the care shown for the weak.

My Friend Paints With His Eyes

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Patrick has this amazing new way to express himself, simply by directly moving the brush on the screen using just his eyes. The real bonus was that this is not just 'therapy' but he is actually a very good painter with his own unique style as his art describes a feeling or event.

Brogan Driscoll

How Social Media Is Helping Find Work For Stay-At-Home Mums | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There's a lot to love about (and to learn from) Kathryn Tyler and Nikki Cochrane co-founders of Hackney Social. Not only are they two hard-working...

Three-Quarters Support Benefit Cap - But the Reasons Are All Too Clear

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who read newspapers or listen to politicians are fed the same diet of anti-claimant rhetoric which bears little resemblance to the grinding reality of life on the dole, which provides only poverty-level income and vulnerability. So here are seven truths about benefits and joblessness to help balance the debate...

Using the Taxation System for Apprenticeship Funding

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Scott Paul

One of the core criticisms of apprenticeships up until now has been that training has not accurately reflected or been aligned with what employers need or want. In order for apprenticeships to be truly effective, they must become central to the workforce planning of business and not an add on...

STEAM is the Answer to Britain's Skills Crisis

Pauline Tambling | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Tambling

Despite all the good news about the economy, Britain remains in the midst of a crisis. Over one million young people aged between 16 and 24 are curr...

Tories are Destroying Cameron's "Land of Opportunity

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

David Cameron's conference address may have been a long way from that sweaty room behind the church hall, but his tone was exactly the same: Overbearing, condescending, burnished with a membrane deep veneer of sincerity. We all know the world doesn't owe us a living Dave. We've been living in it all our lives.

The Future of Work: From Worker-Bee to Entrepreneurial Freedom

Maite Baron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

When it came to jobs, our parents didn't have much choice. Talent was recognised, but being the right person in the right place still meant a lot - though whoever you were, it was mostly a case of filling dead men's shoes... How times change.

Benefits Stigma Means a Quarter Lie When They Receive Welfare Payments

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK

The vicious stigma of a life on benefits means more than a quarter of people have lied when they are forced to use government safety nets, worried tha...

The Politics of Ivy

Jane Mansour | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Mansour

David Cameron's criticism of Labour captures the broader frustration of many listening to the political parties play benefit bingo over the last few weeks. Shirkers - check; something for nothing - check; hard-working - check; tough - check; work that pays - check.

Cameron's Fairy Tale

Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer

Fairy tales, it is argued, all consist of a combination of just 31 sequential elements; between the 'once upon a time' and the 'happily ever after', nothing ever takes place when it shouldn't. In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, David Cameron gave the impression that he thinks life works in much the same way, telling under-25s to: "Go to school. Go to college. Do an apprenticeship. Get a job."

'All My Certificates Aren't Worth The S*** I Clean From Toilets'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK

The harsh reality facing Spain's lost generation has been painfully showcased after an online rant by a young Spaniard with three degrees went viral. ...

Jobs Spare but Skills Rare: Why the UK's Skills Shortage Could Derail Economic Recovery

Alistair Cox | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alistair Cox

Unless action is taken now, the reality of the UK skills shortage is here is stay. If the government is serious about long-term economic recovery, filling the ever-widening talent gap must be a priority. The alternative is to leave huge numbers of skilled roles unfilled. That will lead to reduced investment, lower GDP growth, lower future job creation and condemn thousands of people to long-term unemployment.

Graduate 'Forced To Dance' At Currys Interview Lands 'Dream Job'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.12.2013 | UK

A graduate forced to do a David Brent-style breakdance at the interview for a job at a Currys Megastore has bagged his dream job as a result of the t...

Unemployed 'Should Spend 35 Hours A Week In Jobcentres'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has unveiled new plans to force jobseekers to spend 35 hours a week at the job centre to show they are not trying to "cheat the syst...

Asa Bennett

Would Osborne's 'Work-For-Your-Dole' Plan Actually Work? | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has unveiled a major benefits clampdown that could affect hundreds of thousands of claimants currently going through the coalition's fl...

Modern Interviewing Formats You Might Be Faced With

James Howell | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Howell

Gone are the days of sending off a CV and then waiting for the telephone to ring with the offer of an interview. Employers are starting to utilise modern technology when it comes to interviewing potential employees...

CV Howlers: What NOT to Write on Your CV

Corinne Mills | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Corinne Mills

Following a survey we have just done, we found that a staggering 98 per cent of job applicants are reducing their chances of success significantly through poor spelling, grammar or presentation on their CVs. These errors have lead to a number of alarming disclosures, such as being "A director with a strong breath", or, perhaps fresh from watching Sweeney Todd, "Baker, working on ovens and customers".

Ethnic Minorities Passed Over For Promotions, Report Says

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK

Ethnic minorities find it harder to get promotions at work, and may be unable to haul themselves out of poverty, a new report has claimed. Research...

End Age Discrimination in Employment Now!

Chris Ball | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ball

Age discrimination has been described as the last bastion of prejudice. In 2006 most age discrimination in the workplace was made unlawful. The problem is it carries on regardless.

A Plan to Tackle Youth Unemployment

Alvin Carpio | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alvin Carpio

In Newham, the borough I was born and raised in, over 3,000 young people are unemployed. Across Britain, one million young people are unemployed. We have been called the lost generation, the scarred generation, the hopeless generation. We are not 'generation y', we are generation 'y is it so hard to get a job?'