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New unemployment fears as permanent hirings slow

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 12:11 -- nick

The number of permanent jobs being filled grew at its slowest rate for 18 months, stoking fears of an unemployment rise.

Although the absolute number grew, the pace of growth in November showed a drop off and could turn negative. Read more about New unemployment fears as permanent hirings slow

Thousands of Christmas jobs on offer at Royal Mail and Amazon

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:21 -- nick

Amazon and Royal Mail are to create 32,000 temporary jobs between them over the Christmas period.

Giant online retailer Amazon needs 13,000 staff for its eight distribution warehouses across the country to meet the seasonal demand for presents.

Those who are interested can click here for the Amazon careers site.

The company has been criticised for avoiding paying enough UK tax, with some sales made here routed through other countries. Read more about Thousands of Christmas jobs on offer at Royal Mail and Amazon

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

Iain Duncan Smith hiding failings of Universal Credit, say MPs

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 12:36 -- nick

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of trying to hide his failings - by an influential group of MPs.

Smith publicly 'reset' his £2.4 billion Universal Credit scheme after hundreds of millions of pounds of development spending had to be written off.

But the Public Accounts Committee says this was simply a way of trying to stop scrutiny of its problems and to hide them away. Read more about Iain Duncan Smith hiding failings of Universal Credit, say MPs

Women bear the brunt of work and unemployment problems - report

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 13:40 -- nick

Women have borne the brunt of the recession, according to the Fawcett Society, a female-specialist representative organisation.

Although the government has pushed an idea that the UK is coming out of recession, critics have shown that only those who already have the most are really benefitting. Read more about Women bear the brunt of work and unemployment problems - report

Stupid and damaging benefit sanctions exposed in today's Guardian

Wed, 06/08/2014 - 11:58 -- nick

The Guardian is today following up on its shocking expose of David Clapson's death with another piece about the lengths jobcentres, acting on behalf of a callous coalition, will go to in order to sanction benefit claimants. Read more about Stupid and damaging benefit sanctions exposed in today's Guardian

Unemployment to fall to 5.6% by end of 2015 - economists

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 11:34 -- nick

Unemployment will fall to 5.6% by the end of next year from its current 6.5%, according to a group of economists.

The Item Club believes the UK's growth will be higher than any other rich economy's, creating more jobs and ensuring worklessness falls.

Criticisms of the way the coalition has managed the country's finances will be swept away, with over-spending falling and companies starting to release some of their huge cash stocks.

Peter Spencer, chief economic adviser to the Item Club, said: Read more about Unemployment to fall to 5.6% by end of 2015 - economists

Coalition benefit cuts mean 'unacceptable' poverty is increasing, says Oxfam

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 13:29 -- nick

The coalition's benefit cuts have pushed 1.75 million more people into even deeper poverty, according to a new report.

The study, by Oxfam and NPI, shows that the drop in the value of benefits, increased by less than inflation, and direct cuts to housing benefit and council tax benefit have meant some of the UK's poorest citizens have got worse off under the current government.

This group has seen a cut in their overall incomes and struggle to afford life's basics including food and energy. Read more about Coalition benefit cuts mean 'unacceptable' poverty is increasing, says Oxfam

G4S government contract ban ends even while SFO investigation continues

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 13:26 -- nick

Work programme provider G4S is to have its ban on applying for new government contracts ended - after just one year.

The company was pulled up after it was found to have overcharged the state by £109 million for the electronic tagging and monitoring of prisoners.

But the Cabinet Office has backtracked on this ban, saying G4S had taken "positive steps" to change its practices and engaged "constructively" with the government. Read more about G4S government contract ban ends even while SFO investigation continues

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