NPower dumps 1,460 staff as it sends UK jobs offshore

Thu, 28/11/2013 - 11:53 -- nick

Gas and electricity giant NPower is to make 1,460 staff redundant, it has confirmed.

The German-owned company, one of the 'big six' electricity and gas suppliers in the UK, will cut jobs including checking meter readings against bills.

Chief executive Paul Massara said: "This restructure is necessary if we are to deliver the levels of service our customers deserve."

It is not clear how service quality will be improved by sending these functions offshore, but the company will now use staff in India to deliver them.

NPower currently employs 9,600 people in the UK.

Three-quarters of workers stuck in low pay for a decade

Wed, 27/11/2013 - 14:11 -- nick

Three-quarters of workers who were in low pay ten years ago are still stuck in it today, a report has found.

Thinktank the Resolution Foundation also showed that fewer than one-in-five had managed to escape and move up the career ladder.

Entry-level work provides a vital first step for unemployed people, and if it works as a trap the previously workless are likely to suffer more than most.

EU hits back at 'nasty' Tory benefit block plan

Wed, 27/11/2013 - 12:58 -- nick

The European Union has criticised the Conservative plan to block EU citizens from receiving UK benefits.

Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor said Britain risked being seen as a "nasty country" because of the plan, which would mean a person needs to be resident in the UK for three months before they were entitled to benefits.

From 1st January people from Bulgaria and Romania will have full workers rights in the whole EU, prompting fears from some that the UK jobs market will struggle to accommodate them.

More than a third of zero-hours employees want more work

Tue, 26/11/2013 - 11:19 -- nick

38% of employees on zero hour contracts want more work, a survey has found.

Carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the poll found that many workers wanted more hours than they were given.

It also found that around one-in-five was penalised if they were unavailable for work, suggesting that the arrangement does not always offer the flexibility and fairness some believe.

IDS targets seriously ill for benefit and support cuts

Mon, 25/11/2013 - 12:29 -- nick

Hated Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is to target some of the most seriously ill benefit claimants for cuts.

They include people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Smith is proposing to  dump the work-related activity group (WRAG), which provides support including training and interview practice to those who are deemed fit-to-work with help.

550,000 people are in this group, and half have got back into work within three years despite their issues, but this is considered insufficient.

Gove calls UK benefits 'generous' as EU citizens denied access

Mon, 25/11/2013 - 11:49 -- nick

Education Secretary Michael Gove has called the British benefits system "generous" while denying EU citizens access to it.

Speaking on Sunday's Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Gove defended David Cameron's stance, which will extend the qualifying period for European people from three months to one year.

Gove said Mr Cameron had "struck exactly the right note on migration, which is to celebrate the achievements of the people who've come here, to recognise migration has to work for people who are already here - from whatever background".

Toynbee calls for young to vote to improve job prospects

Fri, 22/11/2013 - 12:22 -- nick

A column in today's Guardian by Polly Toynbee calls for young people to use their votes together to improve their job prospects and the way the government treats them.

The failure of the government's youth contract, a lack of apprenticeships, and many companies not doing their bit means the queue of young unemployed would stretch from London to Middlesbrough.

The number of youngsters unemployed for more than two years has gone up more than 300%, and they are being sanctioned more often as the government appears to be using this as a way of cutting the benefit bill.

More jobs lost as tube and council dump hundreds

Thu, 21/11/2013 - 18:11 -- nick

Today was a bleak day for UK jobs as three major employers announced the loss of thousands of posts.

London Underground plans to dump 750 workers as it will shut all its ticket offices by 2015.

This came despite an earlier promise by London Mayor Boris Johnson that he planned to keep all offices open to help passengers feel safer.

Services on some lines will run all night at weekends, meaning safety may become more of an issue.

This was highlighted by RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, who said:

Weekly jobs board - where to look for work now

Thu, 21/11/2013 - 13:09 -- nick

It is still very difficult to find work in many areas, with more than 50 jobseekers chasing each job in some places.

But some employers are hiring, and the weekly jobs board brings together the biggest of them.

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has just announced its Christmas recruitment drive - it needs 16,000 more people. This could be a great way into work, as companies often take on permanent staff from their seasonal intake.

Go to Sainsbury's Jobs



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