Self-employment accounts for 'growth' in jobs

Wed, 06/02/2013 - 15:05 -- nick

The number of self-employed people has risen by almost 10% since the start of the recession.

A report by the Office for National Statistics shows a rise of 367,000, with taxi drivers, farmers and construction workers showing the highest growth.

Between 2008 and 2012, the number in traditional employment fell.

"The recent rise in job levels is being driven by self-employed, part-time and temporary jobs, rather than the full-time, permanent work that many people want and need," said Frances O'Grady, secretary general of the TUC.

Business start-up loan scheme now open to 25-30 year olds

Thu, 03/01/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

The government is expanding its young people's business start-up loan scheme through the Start-Up Loans Company.

The scheme had previously been open to those aged 16-24, but it is being extended to include 25-30 year olds.

The total funding available will rise from £82m to £112m, ensuring the older borrowers will have their needs met.

The scheme has lent out only £1.5m to date, despite the scheme being announced in May 2012, although it will run until April 2015.

It is hoped that 100,000 jobs will be created.

From struggling to find a job to running a business

Fri, 31/08/2012 - 12:14 -- nick

Struggling to find work for nearly five years almost brought father-of-four Chris Dickinson to his knees.

“It reached the stage where I had such little hope of ever finding anything that I almost slipped into depression,” says Chris, 34.

“I found it hard some days to even get out of bed. I couldn’t see the point of trying any more.”

Eventually he was able to find a ­part-time job at a car wash near his home in Caerphilly, South Wales.

But after only a short time the owner told him he was closing down.


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