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More than half of UK citizens concerned about unemployment

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 13:00 -- nick

More than half of people in the UK are still concerned about a lack of job opportunities, a survey has shown.

The study, by Pew Global, found that 54% of people believe unemployment is a major problem in the country.

This is higher than the 46% of those who believe that inflation is a big concern, suggesting that the Bank of England's favouring of low prices over jobs is not backed up by the public. Read more about More than half of UK citizens concerned about unemployment

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

Jobless forgotten in coverage of interest rates as unemployment falls

Wed, 22/01/2014 - 13:35 -- nick

Unemployment has shown a big fall in the last three months and now stands at 7.1% of the working population.

But coverage of the issue has focused on the likely result of this fall on interest rates.

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has said he will not raise interest rates, which have been stuck at 0.5% since 2009, until unemployment drops to 7%.

It is now looking likely that this will be very soon, and newspapers and news websites have covered this issue obsessively, being concerned about its effect on house prices and the cost of business borrowing. Read more about Jobless forgotten in coverage of interest rates as unemployment falls

Get Britain Working - jobs available now

Fri, 27/09/2013 - 11:51 -- nick

The Mirror releases a weekly round up of the best work opportunities, and the latest one is available now.

It includes jobs in hotels and hospitality, retail, driving, logistics, maintenance, engineering, cleaning, safety staff, IT specialists and office staff.

The article includes contact details, so why not have a look and see if there is anything for you?

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The fastest-growing jobs in Britain

Tue, 17/09/2013 - 12:03 -- nick

What are the fastest-growing jobs in Britain?

An article in today's Telegraph tells you which jobs are on the way up, and it could help you decide on training options and where to apply to

It also tells you which are on the way down.

The fastest-growing profession is the paramedic, a vital position, and the full list is:

7) Non-paramedic ambulance staff

6) Undertaker

5) Police community support officer

4) Company secretary

3) Graphic designer

2) Psychologist

1) Paramedic

The fastest-shrinking jobs are: Read more about The fastest-growing jobs in Britain

UK attitudes to welfare soften, says survey

Tue, 10/09/2013 - 11:25 -- nick

The public's attitude to benefits is softening, according to a new survey.

The British Social Attitudes Survey reports its findings every year on a range of topics including welfare.

And despite continued negative coverage by many newspapers, and the government's ongoing campaign against claimants, when the statement "benefits for unemployed people are too high and discourage work" was put to them, only 51% agreed.

This shows a big drop since last year's survey when 62% concurred. Read more about UK attitudes to welfare soften, says survey

UK economy grows but jobs may not follow

Thu, 25/07/2013 - 13:24 -- nick

The economy in the UK grew by 0.6% in the last three months, creating hope that more jobs will follow.

This followed a rise of 0.3% last quarter, and the country has now grown by 1.4% over the last year.

All sectors - construction, manufacturing, services and agriculture - showed an improvement, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed.

Services, including banking, retail and insurance, make up four-fifths of the economy and led the way in increasing its output. Read more about UK economy grows but jobs may not follow

UK unemployment falls by 57,000 - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 17/07/2013 - 14:14 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

The rate is now 7.8%, but growth in jobs - only 16,000 more people were in work while the population is rising, and 9,000 of those were on government programmes - slowed significantly, and the employment rate fell by 0.1% to 71.4%. Read more about UK unemployment falls by 57,000 - with UnemployedNet comment

Benefit cap goes nationwide today

Mon, 15/07/2013 - 12:12 -- nick

The government's benefit cap is to be rolled out across the UK from today.

The cap, which sees working age claimants restricted to a maximum of £350 per week if they are single and £500 per week for those with families, has been piloted in four London boroughs from April and will be implemented in every other area of the UK between now and the end of September.

While disability benefits, pensions and in-work benefits are excluded from the cap, in practice the fact that the only payment made to claimants which is variable pays for housing means it is a housing benefit cap. Read more about Benefit cap goes nationwide today

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