UK Unemployment

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?'

Why Don't I Have a Job?

Damilola Odelola | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Damilola Odelola

Yes, there may be some graduates who are lazy and bring their unemployment on themselves, but there are many of us who aren't and can't afford to be. We try, we work hard, we have good grades, we show initiative, we are creative, we are dynamic, and we might be funny. So why are we unemployed?

European Parliament Calls for New Rules to Stop Employers Exploiting Young Trainees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

They are meant to give young people a taste of work, but traineeship are fast becoming a necessary, if poorly rewarded, precondition to launching their careers. Work placements are often abused as a form of cheap labour, with youngsters being given no training and little or no pay and sometimes being given simple, menial tasks like photocopying and making tea that do not make use of their skills and education. The European Parliament has now called for an end to this exploitation.

What Do the ONS Statistics Tell Us?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Steve McCabe

The ONS contains a wealth of information which provides glimpses of the way in which this country is changing. The labour market is shifting in a way that allows us to respond to the needs of the world around us...

The Job Interview - More Child's Play Than the Boardroom

Liam Beattie | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

Job interviews - for most of us the very thought sends a shiver up our spine. We all have our dreaded fears when it comes to going through the process meeting your hopeful employer for the first time. Many questions run through our mind before we even make the awkward first-time handshake...

Asa Bennett

How Do We Get Young People Into Jobs? Britain's Experts Weigh In | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics

Youth unemployment has remained stubbornly high this year, with the number rising by 9,000 from February to April this year. Meanwhile, the Office...

Official: British People Are Taking Most Of the New Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

Most of the new jobs created in Britain over the last few months have gone to British nationals, official figures show. In the latest employment st...

'Commute For The Dole'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Unemployed people should be made to commute for up to 90 minutes - just to sign on, according to David Cameron's favourite think tank. The Policy E...

Brits Soften Stance On Benefits For Jobless

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

In a sign of the precarious economic times in the UK, Britons have softened in their attitudes towards state benefits for the unemployed in recent yea...

Taxpayers' Alliance Shows No Understanding of Unemployment - Or Economics

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Alliance, despite its name, doesn't represent the views of taxpayers. It is a right-wing ideas factory which, seeing the lacklustre effect on unemployment figures of toughening benefit conditions and reducing benefits, can only think that more of the same is required.

'I Just Felt So Embarrassed And Uncomfortable'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

What would you do if you arrived at a job interview and were told you had to perform in a dance off? A university graduate has claimed he was face...

The Pressure to Succeed

Karren Brady | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karren Brady

Although we all tell ourselves we need to address our work-life balance, have we ever thought about the effect we are having on the next generation? Careers and success will always be an important part of everyone's life, but that doesn't mean success should have to come at so high a price.