More than one million on zero hours contracts

Mon, 05/08/2013 - 12:19 -- nick

More than one million UK workers are on zero hour contracts, four times previous estimates.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) surveyed more than 1,000 businesses and found that one in five now employs someone with no guaranteed hours, and that 14% of people on the contracts do not get enough hours to enable them to live a basic life.

Zero hours contracts have become a hot topic since it emerged that some organisations, including Sports Direct and Buckingham Palace, use them routinely as a way of giving themselves flexibility.

Weekly jobs board - 32,000 jobs available now

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 15:19 -- nick

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

The board includes opportunities at all levels and across the country, in sectors including engineering, sales, retail, customer services, leisure and construction, so click on the links to find out more.

The pick of this week's board includes:

UK divide widens as half of new jobs in London and south-east

Mon, 29/07/2013 - 13:27 -- nick

More job vacancies are available than a year ago, while reducing unemployment means competition for opportunites is easing.

Work site Adzuna, which claims to advertise more than 95% of all UK vacancies, has 504,913 currently, a rise of 2.5% since 2012.

This means there are now 2.9 jobseekers chasing each job, but the north/south divide continues with nearly half - 44.3% - of vacancies based in London and the south-east.

Weekly jobs board - 80,000 available now

Fri, 26/07/2013 - 13:47 -- nick

UnemployedNet supports The Mirror's Get Britain Working campaign.

This week's jobs board has 79,609 opportunities on it, based across the UK and in a range of sectors including customer services, retail, HGV and other drivers, engineers, upholsterers, financial advisors, sales staff, catering and gardening staff, and others at a range of levels including managers and supervisors.

If you're looking for work why not click on the links below to find out more?

UK economy grows but jobs may not follow

Thu, 25/07/2013 - 13:24 -- nick

The economy in the UK grew by 0.6% in the last three months, creating hope that more jobs will follow.

This followed a rise of 0.3% last quarter, and the country has now grown by 1.4% over the last year.

All sectors - construction, manufacturing, services and agriculture - showed an improvement, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed.

Services, including banking, retail and insurance, make up four-fifths of the economy and led the way in increasing its output.

Sitting a Work Capability Assessment soon? Practice questions here

Wed, 24/07/2013 - 14:31 -- nick

Have you been told to sit a Work Capability Assessment soon? The website Benefits and Work has put together an online test just like the one you will go through so you can be prepared for what is to come.

The site makes clear that you might come to different conclusions than the assessor, but it should help you understand how to deal with the test ahead.

Go to the online test

Bentley to create 1,000 new jobs

Tue, 23/07/2013 - 13:30 -- nick

Luxury car maker Bentley is to create 1,000 new jobs following an £800 million investment in a new car design.

The work will be available in Crewe, Cheshire building a new sports utility vehicle (SUV) - the company's first - to compete with existing market leaders including the Range Rover.

Bentley is owned by German giant Volkswagen, who considered building the car on its existing SUV production line in Slovakia, where it builds the Touareg and Audi Q7.

But the government lobbied to ensure it was produced with Bentley's other three models in the UK.

Boris Johnson 'failed on Olympic jobs'

Fri, 19/07/2013 - 13:05 -- nick

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, failed to deliver the Olympics jobs he promised, according to a new report.

One year after the games ended, the promised 70,000 jobs for Londoners have only materialised if the count includes some, like those at the Westfield shopping centre, which are only loosely linked to it.

Researchers SQW found that flagship employment projects failed to deliver the numbers required, even though the delivery methods used by the organising committee were 'exemplary'.

More young disabled people to access mainstream work

Thu, 18/07/2013 - 18:07 -- nick

The UK government has launched a campaign to get more disabled people into mainstream work.

Research has shown that companies' attitudes are significant barriers to people with disabilities entering jobs, and the campaign, under the slogan 'Disability Confident', aims to overcome these.

Activities will include internships provided to those aged 16-24 with learning difficulties and disabilities, who will get careers advice, CV and interview preparation, training in English language and maths and five-month work placements supervised by further education colleges.



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