UK Unemployment

45% Rise in Sanction Referrals Leaves More Jobseekers at Risk

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A big rise in the number of referrals for sanctions by jobcentres and other advisors means more jobseekers are at risk of destitution and stress...

School Leavers Were More Prepared For Work In 1851 Than Today, Study Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Young people leaving school in 1851 were better equipped with skills for the job market than school leavers today, a study is claiming. Victorian s...

'End Of An Era For English Shipbuilding'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

BAE Systems has axed 940 jobs in Portsmouth, bringing an end to an 800-year long era of English shipbuilding. The defence giant's announcement wil...

Shocking Jobseeker's Story - Are Blank Agreements a New Way to Increase Sanctions?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The story below was sent to UnemployedNet by a jobseeker who was unhappy with the service she received from her local jobcentre. She was made to sign a blank jobseeker's agreement in a session with others who were also made to do the same thing.

The Children of Iain Duncan Smith's Sanctions Are Cold and Suffering

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Among the UK's three million poor children, itself a shameful number in a wealthy society, more than half said their home was too cold last winter, three-quarters said they often worried about money, and a quarter said their house had damp or mould.

Redundancy - the Silver Lining: New business Opportunities Are Rising

Maite Baron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The corporate employment landscape just got a whole lot bleaker. Redundancy - the silver lining shows how new business opportunities are rising.

Supreme Court Slams IDS On Poundland 'Back To Work' Scheme

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Poundland was not enforcing slave labour via the Government's "back to work" scheme, but the UK's highest court has ruled the scheme was legally flawe...

Disabled People Can Work, Rest and Play

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe one of the biggest problems for disabled people who do not work, is the unnecessary stresses and strains of not working on the mind as boredom can be much more damaging than any amount of hard work.

Start Your Business, Seven Steps to Become Ready for Self-employment

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

By following these 7 steps to become ready for self-employment you could get back in the driver's seat and start your business.

Victory For Grangemouth Workers

PA | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK

The owners of the giant Grangemouth petrochemical site have decided to keep it open, saving thousands of jobs from being lost. The move followed ac...

Challenging Homelessness by King's College London Muslim Students

Faisel Alam | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Faisel Alam

The most recent data published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal a very ominous rise in homelessness, now for the t...

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.