The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released a report analysing employment patterns in 180 countries. It found that insecure work had increased since the financial crisis, with three quarters of the world’s workers now self-employed, in temporary or casual jobs.
In his first speech since the general election, George Osborne has reiterated his vision of a ‘northern powerhouse’, in which greater powers are devolved to northern cities in order to redress the economic imbalance between north and south.
Joeli Brearley, writing for the Guardian, reports on the large number of women who suffer workplace discrimination when they become pregnant, with 60,000 women a year losing their jobs and more who are demoted, harassed, not put forward for promotion or who lose contracts if they are self-employed.
The government has announced that Universal Credit (UC) will be available in jobcentres across the country by Spring 2016, and has most recently been implemented in Richmond, Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stornoway.
Over 64,000 people have already made a claim for UC, and the Department for Work and Pensions have confirmed that the new benefit is currently available in 260 jobcentres across the UK.
A list drawn up by civil servants in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of “very, highly or extremely controversial” potential cuts to benefits has been leaked to journalists at the Guardian.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, has announced that apprenticeships and one-on-one careers advice will play a key role in the party’s plans to cut youth unemployment to “the lowest levels since records began.”
New research, published by New Policy Institute (NPI) has concluded that poverty in the UK is rising among all age groups, and that it is also deepening.
The Association of Colleges announced last month that adult education could cease to exist by 2020 if government cuts continue. David Grailley, Chief Executive of NCFE has commented this week on the state of the sector.