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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.

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.

Still fewer full time workers than before recession as fake self-employment takes over

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 13:06 -- nick

There are still fewer full time workers in the UK than there were before the recession in 2008.

The government has trumpeted its successes in the employment market, boasting of "a million new jobs" in the UK economy, but the reality is hugely different.

The economy runs on full time work, and most people need this level of income to be able to afford to live.

But there are actually 148,000 fewer working full time, while 251,000 more work part time and 510,000 have registered as self-employed.

DWP letter: Universal Jobmatch fake jobs issue is real

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 14:29 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions press office has today contacted UnemployedNet in response to an article we published on 6th March. This carried allegations made by Labour MP Frank Field that the government's Universal Jobmatch site was hosting fake jobs, duplicates and jobs that did not meet legal requirements, including not being for an "actual job or work opportunity", companies using premium rate phone numbers to make money, not paying the minimum wage and charging applicants to apply or start work.

Price of privatisation: 1,600 jobs to go at Royal Mail

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 13:13 -- nick

The Royal Mail has announced it is cutting 1,600 jobs just five months after its privatisation.

Unions are considering strike action in response, with management positions facing the chop.

Brian Scott, Unite's officer for Royal Mail, said: "First the government sells off Royal Mail on the cheap and now the newly privatised service is ruthlessly sacrificing jobs.

Minimum wage to rise 3% to £6.50

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:04 -- nick

The national minimum wage is to go up to £6.50 per hour in October.

With inflation currently around 2%, the rate will gain value, and this will be a small step towards making work pay for unemployed people.

The level is set by the independent low pay commission, and business secretary Vince Cable has indicated that he will accept its recommendation.

It is currently £6.31, and has been losing value for years as inflation has outstripped the tiny cash rises in its value.

Labour jobs plan attacked by the wealthy who would pay for it

Tue, 11/03/2014 - 12:35 -- nick

The Labour party's plan to guarantee a job for every young person who had been unemployed for more than a year has come under attack - by the Institute of Directors.

The IoD represents some of the wealthiest people in the UK, and they will have pension allowances cut to pay for part of the scheme.

The rest of the money will come from a levy on bankers' bonuses.

'Robin Hood' Labour to take from bankers and give to young jobless

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 18:40 -- nick

The Labour party has announced a plan to tax bankers' bonuses to pay for a job guarantee for young unemployed people.

The party wants to have its cake and eat it though; a job would be provided to all under-25s who had been unemployed for more than a year, but the would lose benefits if they turned it down.

The language of 'guarantees' versus ' compulsory' mean it is not clear whether Miliband and Balls are pro- or anti-unemployed.

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