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'Fraudulent' universal jobmatch site exploiting unemployed - MP

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 13:43 -- nick

The government's flagship universal jobmatch site has been accused of exploiting and failing unemployed people by a respected MP.

Those on Jobseeker's Allowance are forced to sign up and use the site, which carries information on jobs, as a condition of receiving the benefit.

But an investigation by Frank Field, the veteran Labour MP, has shown that more than half of all the jobs advertised on it do not meet its conditions or the law.

Government apology for coma woman told to find work

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 13:24 -- nick

The government has apologised for a letter sent to a woman in a coma telling her to attend "intensive job-focused activity".

The letter, written by Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), was received by the family of Sheila Holt.

Ms Holt had been suffering from physical and mental health problems and had fallen into a coma in December, her family informing the DWP and SEETEC, the organisation providing job-focused activity, at that time.

Real pay down 8% since 2008 - why workless can't afford jobs

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 14:25 -- nick

Real earnings have fallen by 8% since the start of the recession in 2008 according to an influential survey of pay and work.

This shock finding was revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today, helping to show why unemployed people often cannot afford to take the jobs they are offered.

It also shows why those in work can resent unemployed people - they have been getting poorer for so long that the idea of a benefit cap set at the level of average earnings appears to be fair.

Weekly jobs board - apprenticeships in engineering, broadcasting and IT

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 13:26 -- nick

Welcome to this week's jobs board, the place to come for your new work opportunity.

It is still tough to get work in many areas of the country, so we hope this information can help.

The board includes opportunities at all levels and across the country, in sectors including engineering, broadcasting and IT, so click on the links to find out more.

The pick of this week's board includes:

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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