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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.

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

Half of graduates now working in low skilled jobs

Tue, 19/11/2013 - 12:19 -- nick

Nearly half of graduates are working in low skilled jobs, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A big rise in the number going to university means more are chasing high paid and high skilled work, but the figures suggest the jobs market hasn't grown to accomodate them.

In 2001 37% of graduates were doing non-graduate jobs, but this year that figure is 47%.

Higher benefits don't demotivate jobseekers - study

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 13:31 -- nick

Countries that pay their unemployed people higher benefits do not see a rise in a lack of motivation, a study has found.

Edinburgh University researchers examined 28 European countries in detail and showed that there was no connection between the level of benefit payments and jobseekers' dissatisfaction with being unemployed.

Those in Luxembourg and Finland were in the highest-income quarter of claimants but in the bottom quarter for life satisfaction, while those in Poland and Romania were among the poorest but were some of the least affected.

50,000 disabled people could lose jobs over benefit changes

Fri, 15/11/2013 - 13:42 -- nick

More than 50,000 disabled people could lose their jobs as a result of benefit changes - and this could cost the country hundreds of millions of pounds.

The government is planning reductions in disability mobility payments, and many people use these to get them to and from work.

One in, one out - Nestle adds 1,900 UK jobs as Barclays axes 1,700

Fri, 15/11/2013 - 13:18 -- nick

Food giant Nestle is to create 1,900 jobs and paid work experience opportunities for young people in the UK.

The scheme is part of a Europe-wide commitment to support youngsters, and comes after a Nestle survey showed a lack of decent work placements was holding them back.

Fiona Kendrick, Nestle chief executive, said: “Sadly, young people in the UK and Ireland are stuck in a catch-22 situation - they can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.”

Weekly jobs board - work available now

Thu, 14/11/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

It is still hard to find work in many areas but some employers are hiring.

The weekly jobs board brings together the biggest employers with the most jobs to offer.

This week's includes the RAC, which is looking for full and part-time sales people, and Welcome Break, the motorway services company, which has vacancies for catering, retail, cleaning and other staff.

Morrisons supermarket needs people for its smaller stores, while Wetherspoon needs kitchen, bar and floor staff.

There is also a spotlight on secretarial and admin work and retail.

UK unemployment falls and wages along with it - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 13/11/2013 - 12:38 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK has seen a big fall to 7.6% of the workforce, its lowest rate in three years.

It dropped by 48,000 between July and September to stand at 2.47 million according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), its lowest level for nearly three years.

But wages still lag behind inflation even as more people receive them, going up only 0.7% over the last year.

Weekly jobs board - this week's biggest recruitment rounds

Fri, 08/11/2013 - 13:01 -- nick

If you're looking for work the weekly jobs board could help you.

It's still difficult to get a job in Britain, but some employers are recruiting and you can find out which ones here.

Work is available for Perfume Shops, Brunning and Price pubs, Halfords and others, around the UK and at a range of levels.

Links are included so you won't have to hunt around the internet if you want to apply.

Check out The Mirror's jobs board here

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