Category: News analysis

Are unpaid work placements ripping jobseekers off?

The Queen’s Jubilee took up a lot of space in the papers, and not just because everyone was celebrating their four-day weekend in style (complete with colourful bunting). Within days of the celebration ending, two stewards came forward, alleging they’d worked for 14 hours, slept under London Bridge, had no access to toilets and were forced to change into their.
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Why are men being trapped in part-time jobs?

While unemployment figures may have taken a welcome turn for the better, scratching the surface reveals more and more people being forced into part-time jobs as full-time employment is just not there. But what does this mean for the wider economy and is it a trend that’s going to be with us for some time to come? The fall in unemployment may,.
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NHS cuts: how many nurse jobs have really been lost?

The coalition’s £20 billion NHS economy drive is decimating the nursing profession or having little effect, depending on who you listen to. Whichever figures are correct, the reality looks like more nurses are needed rather than fewer… Of all the job sectors across the UK, nursing has been the one in the spotlight over the past few months, due to growing.
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Apprenticeships: are they making a difference?

Two key things happened in the jobs market towards the end of last year. In November, youth unemployment topped the landmark figure of 1 million; and around the same time, the Government announced it would boost spending on apprenticeships by £250m as part of a wider £1bn youth unemployment package. During 2011, the Government spent a total of £1.4bn to create.
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Should UK firms prioritise UK workers?

There was a rather lame joke doing the rounds recently after it emerged that Britain could soon be invaded by tropical mosquitoes, potentially spreading deadly diseases. “All those foreign mosquitoes, taking our mosquitoes’ jobs, stealing our women,” went the refrain. But the underlying sentiment has not been far from the headlines lately. Earlier this month, employment minister Chris Grayling urged British.
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