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Sanction numbers rose to record high of 900,000 in 2013

Thu, 20/02/2014 - 12:40 -- nick

The number of benefit sanctions rose to a record 897,690 in the year to September, the Department for Work and Pensions has revealed.

Sanctions see claimants having their benefits removed for four weeks the first time they are applied, and can stretch to years subsequently.

In the final year of Labour government in 2009-10, 500,000 Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions were handed out -itself a record number - compared to 874,850 last year. Read more about Sanction numbers rose to record high of 900,000 in 2013

Weekly jobs board - work available in catering, retail and banking

Thu, 20/02/2014 - 11:29 -- nick

Yesterday's unemployment figures show there is still a big problem in getting work, with many more people registering as self-employed without much hope of getting business than getting real employment.

Today's jobs board may be able to help - it includes jobs in catering, retail, banking and other sectors.

Click on the links below to make an application: Read more about Weekly jobs board - work available in catering, retail and banking

Unemployment falls slow down and self-employment disguises failings

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 13:47 -- nick

Recent falls in unemployment showed a slowdown in the last three months, with the rate now at 7.2% or 2.34 million people.

125,000 fewer people were unemployed in October to December, but the fall was slower than in recent months, suggesting that the economic recovery may be losing steam.

There are now 30.15 million people in work, 72.1% of the working age population.

Unlike in recent months, the employment number did not set a new record, further proof that growth may be slowing. Read more about Unemployment falls slow down and self-employment disguises failings

Quarter of graduates still unemployed after a year

Tue, 18/02/2014 - 13:12 -- nick

A quarter of graduates are still unemployed a year after leaving university.

A survey by Total Jobs also showed that two in five are unemployed after six months.

There has been a huge expansion in the number of young people studying at university over the last twenty years, but 44% of recent graduates now regret not having chosen a vocational route instead.

Total Jobs asked 676 people and found that a third were applying for at least 20 jobs each month. Read more about Quarter of graduates still unemployed after a year

Wolverhampton Council to axe 2,000 jobs as austerity bites

Tue, 18/02/2014 - 12:30 -- nick

Wolverhampton City Council is to cut 2,000 jobs, it has revealed.

The number represents one in every five people it employs, but the local authority says it has to make this tough decision due to the coalition's cut to its grant.

Although local government can raise money directly through council tax, the central grant from Westminster forms the majority of its income.

Andrew Johnson, cabinet member for resources, said: "We have lost a huge proportion of the main source of our income, which is the grant from the government. That's why we have to make these job cuts. Read more about Wolverhampton Council to axe 2,000 jobs as austerity bites

Growth in employment to slow as firms lose confidence

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 12:52 -- nick

The monthly unemployment numbers are out this week, and they are likely to show a slowdown in new UK jobs.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which surveys employers on their staffing needs, says that there has been a drop in those saying they will be taking on new workers to 54%.

Last year 65% agreed with this, while one-in-five said they would be getting rid of employees in the next three months.

Recent big falls in unemployment mean the rate is now 7.1%, but many of the jobs created are low-waged, part-time or on zero hours contracts. Read more about Growth in employment to slow as firms lose confidence

Tories dodging minimum wage for workers, says BBC

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 13:43 -- nick

The Conservative party is advising its MPs and local associations on how to avoid paying the minimum wage, the BBC is reporting.

It takes its information from a document leaked to careers blog Graduate Fog, which deals with the issues involved in using interns and tries to help the party dodge the costs involved in employing them. Read more about Tories dodging minimum wage for workers, says BBC

Weekly jobs board - work in tourism, catering and engineering

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 13:04 -- nick

With more than four jobseekers chasing each job, getting work is still difficult in most of the UK.

But some employers are still looking for new staff, and the weekly jobs board brings together the biggest recruitment rounds.

Below are opportunities in tourism, catering, retail and others, so click on the links for more information and to apply.

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Two-thirds of those hit by bedroom tax are behind with rent

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Two-thirds of households hit by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears.

The shock findings of the National Housing Federation (NHF), which represents the UK's housing associations, show that more than a third had fallen into debt because of the charge.

It used polling firm Ipsos-Mori to survey 183 associations, and the firm found that thousands could simply not cope with the change.

The bedroom tax takes an average of £14 per week from the benefits of those with a bedroom they don't use, and £25 from those with two. Read more about Two-thirds of those hit by bedroom tax are behind with rent

Barclays to shed 7,000 UK jobs - while it boosts bonuses

Tue, 11/02/2014 - 12:59 -- nick

Barclays Bank is to shed 7,000 UK workers even as it is increasing the bonuses it pays.

The bank, which employs 140,000 worldwide, raised its total bonus pot by 10% in 2013 to £2.38 billion, while upping those in its 'casino' investment arm by 13%.

The company saw pre-tax profit fall from £7 billion to £5.3 billion in the year, and has decided that regular workers will bear the majority of pain for this.

Only 820 jobs will be lost from senior management. Read more about Barclays to shed 7,000 UK jobs - while it boosts bonuses

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