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Why young people's employment rights matter

Wed, 07/08/2013 - 11:47 -- JobZoo

Recently it has been revealed that one million UK workers, the majority of which are 16-24 year olds, are currently on zero-hours contracts. These controversial contracts, which offer no guaranteed shifts or holiday entitlements, are intended to provide flexible working terms for both the employer and employee but are being abused by many companies.

Can all newborns have the life chances of Baby Cambridge?

Tue, 23/07/2013 - 18:54 -- nick

A child was born yesterday to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and much of the country is in raptures waiting to hear what they will name him and to see the first official pictures.

We haven’t heard much from the parents on their aspirations for his future employment, which seems reasonable given that he is only a day old, but the question of what to do for a living won’t need to be asked of the royal tot.

Benefits cap should rise £6,000 in London, implies government minister

Wed, 17/07/2013 - 17:08 -- nick

Mark Hoban, the minister for employment, has fired an early shot in what is likely to be a bloody war on benefits in the run up to the 2015 general election.

The current benefit cap has proved popular with voters, who understand the story being told of the 'fairness' of welfare payments to workless people being limited to national average earnings of £26,000 per year.

Many are unlikely to understand that it has been calculated on a faulty premise, with the workers' figure not including benefits including tax credits that most are entitled to.

Ian Duncan Smith has 'belief' in benefit cap - but not proof

Mon, 15/07/2013 - 14:32 -- nick

Ian Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has been the driving force behind the introduction of the benefits cap which goes nationwide from today.

The cap means that those who receive out-of-work benefits will have them capped to 'national average pay', £26,000 for a family, although, as with so much this government does, sleight-of-hand is in evidence with many families on average pay getting tax credits on top of this, and these weren't counted when the cap was set.

The government doesn't 'help' the sick into work by removing benefits

Mon, 08/07/2013 - 19:06 -- nick

Today brings another example of government double speak on unemployment.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a press release on its website - you can see it here - headed 'Help for people on sickness benefits to address barriers to work'.

Sounds reasonable; after all, many of those on sickness benefits want to work and are capable of it with some support.

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10 things not to say in an interview

Thu, 04/07/2013 - 16:09 -- JobZoo

When you get invited for an interview, you should always prepare in advance. Looking online for interview advice, you will usually find tips about how you should prepare and what you should say. Almost as important as what you should say in an interview, is what you shouldn’t.

In a time where competition for jobs is high, it’s important to think before you speak. You wouldn’t want to squander the opportunity of an interview with a careless comment or answer. Here are ten things you shouldn’t say during an interview…

Inequality isn't just bad for those at the bottom, it's bad economics

Tue, 02/07/2013 - 19:35 -- nick

Inequality between rich and poor has been rising for decades in the UK, but the current government is speeding up the change.

Last week’s spending review, which, according to Chancellor George Osborne’s predictions in 2010 should not have been necessary, has returned to one of the coalition’s favourite themes, an assault on the welfare state.

Given the government’s many cuts it is hard to keep track of them all, but the most shocking one contained in this review, in the context of where Britain is as a country and an economy, is the second benefit cap.

Chancellor's spending cuts - unemployed suffer further

Wed, 26/06/2013 - 16:21 -- nick

Chancellor George Osborne today released details of his most recent spending review, the review that shouldn't have happened.

When it came to power in 2010 the coalition believed its policies would lead us to a stronger economy, a confidence that has proven misplaced with growth going nowhere and unemployment falls grinding to a halt this year.

So the £11.5 billion cuts announced today are a cruel bonus, the dividend that came through failure.

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