Category: News from the UK Jobs Market

UK Wages are Rising at Last!

UK Wages are Rising at Last! The recessions are over and it seems positivity is returning at last. UK wages are set to go up in October 2014 by 19p. While it is not a huge increase, the minimum wage is going to be £6.50 per hour. The minimum wage is increasing by a mere 3 per cent, but for many still being paid minimum wage this is wonderful news. It has been six years since the last rise in …

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More Police Staff to Wear Portable Cameras

More Police Staff to Wear Portable Cameras Clear evidence suggests that more police staff will be wearing portable cameras. Already 20 police forces throughout England and Wales are carrying cameras on their uniforms. It is part of a test phase the Home Office started in the beginning of 2014. The trial is costing £1.4 million, with extra funding available for further areas like Hampshire, Gwent, Leicestershire, Thames Valley, County Durham, and the Met. Any police officer that carries firearms will …

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The Latest on the London Underground Train Drivers Disputes

The Latest on the London Underground Train Drivers Disputes At the end of April a planned three day strike for London Underground Train Drivers was set. Despite the planned strike the disputes are still ongoing as May continues to move forward. The dispute is all about 950 jobs that are set to be lost by Train Drivers and London Underground workers. Ticket office closures are set to happen due to automated ticket machines. Fewer people are needed to handle ticket …

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Teachers need more Disciplinary Back-up in Schools

Teachers need more Disciplinary Back-up in Schools Startling statistics have been published regarding Lanarkshire. This is just one location in all of the UK, but it makes the need for proper discipline in schools a bright red neon sign. In 2013 770 assaults occurred on education staff members and teachers in Lanarkshire. In South Lanarkshire 213 attacks occurred on staff members in which 181 were physical and 32 were verbal. The most attacks happened in North Lanarkshire at 557. The …

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Accountants under Fire from Government

Accountants under Fire from Government The current global financial meltdown has brought to light many bitter truths about how the complacency and greed of those in power can bring down entire economies and adversely affect the lives of millions. Another story that has emerged in recent weeks is that according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, four of the biggest accountancy firms in the UK have helped some of their richest clients to avoid paying taxes in the country. What …

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Should Police Forces Rely on More PCSOs?

Should Police Forces Rely on More PCSOs? Police Community Support Officers are members of the police force, and are employed by the police department. However, they are not regular police officers. The role of PCSO is unique in that it is specially created to tackle community disruptions such as anti-social behaviour, and other matters related to the quality of community life such as littering, illegal tipping etc. As such, although they are employed by the local police force, PCSOs are …

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More and More People are struggling on London Salaries

More and More People are struggling on London Salaries London is one of the most expensive European cities to live in; indeed the second most expensive in the entire world, after Tokyo. It is now said that to be able to have an average standard of living within the London area, a household income needs to be £3,250 per month. Despite London being the international hub of financial business, there are an increasing number of people who are struggling to …

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How Cutting City Jobs Equals Bumper Bonuses

How Cutting City Jobs Equals Bumper Bonuses The financial crisis in 2008 brought a common phrase into the country’s vocabulary: bankers’ bonuses. The phrase encapsulated everything that was to blame for the economic situation, as the people responsible for the terrible financial mess the country found itself in were continuing to get rewarded for their risky behaviour. Meanwhile everyone outside of the City was forced to put up with cuts to public services, a freeze on salaries or perhaps even …

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The Reasons behind the Industrial Action by Judges and Lawyers

The Reasons behind the Industrial Action by Judges and Lawyers January saw the first ever Industrial Action conducted by judges and solicitors in England and Wales. This action was undertaken after a proposal in 2013 was met with protests. The proposal is to cut legal aid by 30%. The fees provided for legal aid to solicitors and judges are meant to cover the costs of a case such as travel, interview time, research, the actual court costs, and to give …

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Should the City of London Police Force Be Abolished?

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Should the City of London Police Force Be Abolished? In a tale of two cities, London proper has always had its own police force while the rest of the districts have been managed by the Metropolitan Police Force. Over the years there has been discussion of combining the two forces, but there has never been a concentrated effort to do so. Recent budget cuts have begun to force the issue and arguments are being made over whether the City of …

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Why are Attacks on Paramedics on the Increase?

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Why are Attacks on Paramedics on the Increase? When you are working to serve the community, the last thing you expect is to be physically assaulted. There is nothing that angers the majority of the general public more, than one of their servants being attacked in the line of duty. Unfortunately, however, it seems to be becoming a more common concern for paramedics, especially those in the Greater London area. Over 200 Blacklisted Addresses Such has been the frequency of …

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Are the Coalition’s Police Cuts Starting to Show?

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Are the Coalition’s Police Cuts Starting to Show?  Based on the Coalition government’s decision to abolish the old system where the Home Secretary and Chief Constables were fully responsible on how the police force was being funded, the new system is less than friendly, the consequences of which are being felt both by the police force and the general public. As of November 2012, the responsibility of police funding has come directly under the elected Police and Crime Commissioners unit. …

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Why Are Doctors Working 9 to 5?

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Why Are Doctors Working 9 to 5? According to a study conducted in 2012, if you are admitted to the emergency department on a Saturday or Sunday, you have a 9.5 per cent higher risk of dying than you would if you were admitted on any other day of the week. Despite this, doctors are still working 9 to 5 hours. If you live in the UK, there is no chance you could see your GP outside of business hours. …

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A Massive Shortage of Primary School Teachers in the Near Future

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A Massive Shortage of Primary School Teachers in the Near Future Primary schools in the United Kingdom are going through a shortage of teachers and this is becoming an increasing problem for schools and local authorities. Once seen as a highly respected profession, primary school teachers are now in short supply more than ever before. It is expected, according to recent news reports, that in the next two years, there will be more primary school children than there are primary …

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Fire Fighter Strikes September 2013: Are More on the Cards?

Fire Fighter Strikes: Are More on the Cards? Firefighters went on strike in a row over pensions in September 2013 and it seems that more strikes are definitely on the cards, both in England and Wales. The reason for why they staged the first national stoppage in over 10 years was governmental plans to make them work until they are 60. New Regulations Will Put People’s Lives at Risk Firefighters are paid to keep everyone safe and to many it …

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Will Employment Sexual Equality Ever Truly Exist in the UK?

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Will Employment Sexual Equality Ever Truly Exist in the UK? In an ideal world, the talk about sexual equality at work should not even take place. In the real world, the problems arising from gender discrimination are perhaps some of the most discussed issues when it comes to the work environment in the UK. As of 2013, employment sexual equality in the UK is still far away from reality. The FTSE 100 Board Target One of the most discussed headlines …

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Are Older Workers More Reliable Than Their Younger Counterparts?

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Are Older Workers More Reliable Than Their Younger Counterparts? There has always been a youth-versus-experience debate in any working environment.  Offices often see experienced, older staff members replaced by young whippersnappers, with bright shiny qualifications, energy and very little practical experience. Although the older heads will often claim that nothing can beat experience, younger employees will suggest that they are more in touch with modern business and, thus, more suitable for powerful positions. Qualifications A large number of experienced workers …

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Time to Legislate Against Zero-hour Contracts?

Time to Legislate Against Zero-hour Contracts? With the economy still struggling to find its feet after the recent global recession, numerous individuals are facing extreme difficulty in finding stable and secure employment. This has pushed the balance of control further over to the employer’s side, with many taking advantage of the flexibility that zero-hour contracts offer. What Are Zero-hour Contracts? Fundamentally, zero-hour contracts are flexi-contracts (largely from the employer’s side), which offer employment without any guarantee of set hours. Neither …

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Should Reckless Bankers Face Imprisonment?

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Should Reckless Bankers Face Imprisonment? On 19 June 2013, a long awaited report, commissioned by George Osbourne, which was conducted to investigate the criminal liability of bankers who have acted recklessly, was released. The verdict is that in the future, bankers will be held accountable for their actions. Previously, there was no personal liability for bankers even when gambling with millions of pounds worth of tax payers’ money. This period of time has come to an end. But should bankers …

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Securing a Job with the Police in Austerity Britain

Securing a Job with the Police in Austerity Britain It has recently been reported that in the West Midlands, 2,700 jobs will be cut in the Police, including over 1,000 officer positions, in the next two years. The police and crime commissioner (PCC) said that this makes recruitment into the force ‘difficult’. It seems logical really, if 2,700 people are going to lose their jobs, it can hardly be justified to hire lots of people with less experience. But it is …

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