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29 June 2012
I guess that few people will be all that surprised by the latest tales of ‘dodgy’ practices in the banking and finance sector. The coverage of this scandal is re-visiting an assortment of related recent stories ranging from the adequacy of self-regulation, to banking and citizenship, to the moral equivalence between alleged fraud in the City and being jailed for stealing a bottle of water in the 2011 riots.
28 June 2012
Data out today from the Higher Education Statistics Agency confirms just how well our graduates are faring in our labour market compared to those without degrees.
Dr Neil Lee
27 June 2012
Youth unemployment is one of the most important issues facing the UK, and it is highly spatially uneven – we’ve repeatedly warned about hotspots of youth unemployment. To address this, Nick Clegg will today announce extra help for young people in 20 youth unemployment troublespots. In places like Hartlepool, Birmingham and Middlesborough, the Youth Contract will be speeded up: eligibility will begin at 6 months rather than the usual 9.
Gavin Edwards National Officer at UNISON
26 June 2012
In recent years the rhetoric from conservative politicians and commentators seems intent on driving a wedge between public and private sector workers. The truth is that economic hardships are not confined to either public or private sector.
The challenge of mental illness in the UK workforce is, slowly but surely, emerging from the shadows. The recent debate in Parliament and the willingness of a growing number of high-profile public figures disclosing their own battles with depression are evidence of this. Yesterday at The Work Foundation Health Minister Earl Howe launched the latest Public Health Responsibility Deal pledge on mental health at work. The focus of the pledge, and the guidance material for employers which accompanies it, is the need to make simple adjustments at work for people with mental illness.
20 June 2012
Today’s labour market statistics were welcome news, but there may be a sting in the tail. Rising employment, falling unemployment and strong private sector job creation should always be welcomed, but it is surprising when the output numbers tell us we were entering a recession at exactly the same time.
Haiyan Zhang, Design Lead, OpenIDEO
19 June 2012
Seventy-five million young people are unemployed globally and in the UK alone over one million 16 to 24 year-olds are looking for work. In order to explore this problem and begin to develop solutions to tackle it, Barclays and The Work Foundation sponsored a challenge on OpenIDEO.com.
Any period of unemployment while young can have a lasting negative impact on labour market experiences for a lifetime. But for the quarter of a million young people in the UK who have been out of work for more than a year the problem is even more serious. The longer a young person is out of work, education or training, the worse the long-term consequences for the individual and the economy.
15 June 2012
In 1998 Kjell Magne Bondevik, the then Prime Minister of Norway, took several weeks away from work to receive respite and treatment for depression. Back then his public admission of having a condition that we know 1 in 6 workers also have, was greeting with a mixed reaction.
13 June 2012
Design is extremely important to innovation. Often it acts as the key link between a piece of technology and the user, with good design helping exciting new inventions find a market. Design is also being used in new and exciting ways to transform how services are delivered. We were recently commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to look at the international aspects of the UK design industry, and assess whether there is any support policy can offer the industry. The results of our research are being given their first airing at an event at the Big Innovation Centre this evening.
01 June 2012
Earlier this week I spoke at the Societal Impact of Pain conference in Copenhagen, under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the EU. This is a major event bringing together clinicians, patient organisations and researchers who are working on issues arising from the growing burden of chronic pain in Europe’s population.