Thursday, December 14, 2017

Employment

UK jobs boom is petering out, claims employers’ survey

Manpower poll shows hiring staff is flatlining in London and depicts firms as the least confident for five years about taking on new workers.

Tories unveil plan to get more disabled people into work

Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, reforming statutory sick pay, and large-scale employment research pilots.

Minimum wage ‘downgrade’ to cost low-paid over £500 a year

'National Living Wage' expected to fall short of the £9.10 an hour by 2021, promised by George Osborne.

13 things the EU gave the UK which we now take for granted

What has the European Union ever done for the UK? Well, quite a lot actually....

Hammond urged to give public sector workers a ‘generous’ pay rise

Public sector workers have been battered by pay austerity since 2010, says Unite.

Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ gaffe fuels belief that Tories don’t care

The chancellor’s untimely slip carried echoes of Lamont’s remark that people out of work was a price worth paying.

Scotland plans to become the UK’s first ‘living wage nation’

The Scottish Government has outlined plans to increase the number of workers earning the "real living wage".

Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition

UK charity’s survey finds almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their disability.

Majority would support a ban on unpaid internships, survey shows

Commission warns unpaid internships and work experience are damaging to social mobility.

New report proves Jeremy Corbyn was right to warn of an ‘epidemic of low pay’

Only 1 in 6 low-paid workers have been able to permanently 'escape' low pay in the last decade, research shows.

SNP call for worker’s rights to be redefined to protect people in insecure jobs

Party says worker's rights should be 'front and centre' of political debate due to the 'rapidly changing world of work'

75% of disabled jobseekers say condition hampers their job-hunt

Survey also shows that more than half of disabled jobseekers 'face barriers' when applying for jobs.

Employers still discriminate against disabled people – it has to stop

Survey reveals disabled people apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people in their job search.

UK businesses ‘addicted’ to zero-hours contracts, says Unite

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were 1.4 million workers on zero-hours contracts in May 2017.

UK workers £300 worse off thanks to rising inflation and stagnant wages

Real-terms wages for workers in both the private and public sector have fallen by around £300 over the last twelve months, research shows.

Jeremy Corbyn condemns ‘epidemic of low pay’ in speech to TUC Congress

Labour leader told delegates that an 'epidemic of low pay' is 'leaving workers and their families locked in poverty'.

DWP using benefit sanctions to force claimants into zero hours jobs, Tory minister admits

Tory minister admitted that Universal Credit claimants may be sanctioned if they refuse to take up zero-hours employment opportunities.

One in eight workers struggle to afford food, finds TUC survey

Report released before annual congress exposes in-work poverty, with people skimping on food and heating despite having jobs.

Back-pay bill ‘could bankrupt learning disabilities sector’

HMRC’s pursuit of backdated payments for workers providing sleep-in care could cost sector £400m, says Royal Mencap Society.

McDonald’s workers to go on strike in Britain for first time

Staff in Cambridge and Crayford branches to protest over low wages and zero-hours contracts in action backed by Corbyn.

Brexit ‘could spell further trouble’ for the care home sector, experts warn

Recruitment experts warn Brexit poses a threat to the availability of skilled care workers, at a time when the sector is already struggling to retain staff.

Health benefits from lone parents welfare to work policies unlikely, research shows

Improvements in health have been used to justify mandating employment for lone parents in receipt of social security benefits.

McDonalds staff to strike over pay and working conditions

McDonalds face their first ever strike in the UK, as workers at two restaurants demand a £10 an hour wage and an end to zero-hours contracts.

DWP announce plans to axe 800 jobs amid Jobcentre closures

PCS union condemned the "dreadful" announcement, adding the DWP should be recruiting more staff rather than axing jobs.

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