Coachloads of jobless people were brought in to work unpaid on the river pageant as part of the Work Programme. Some of those hired as stewards had to spend the night before the pageant sleeping under London Bridge.
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What can be done to get Europe back to work? Heather Stewart looks at some suggestions.
BAE Systems is planning to axe more than 600 jobs and close its Newcastle factory where tanks were made for World War I. Subject to consultation, some 620 jobs could be lost at sites across the UK, including up to 330 at Newcastle.
Spain, Portugal and Greece face a 'lost generation' of jobless youth while Austria and Germany enjoy near-full employment.
In France, there are 70,000 unfilled jobs in the digital sector – specialist academies are turning 'dropouts' into developers.
Job vacancies in Friesing, near Munich airport, mean that even school-leavers with no qualifications are in demand.
Hiring and firing needs to be easier, but as part of a reframed social settlement – not as a standalone attack on workers' rights.
The bureaucracies supposed to help jobless people back into work are often little more than gatekeepers to the benefits systems.
One in 10 Europeans are unemployed. In some corners of the EU over 50% of young people have no jobs. Enough of the problems – what are the solutions?
850 jobs at risk as Essex refinery is to close. The refinery is currently in administration but no buyer has been found.