Big Lottery Fund opens £45m grant fund to support organisations for women and girls

June 22, 2015 11:09 pm Published by

Big Lottery Fund opens £45m grant fund to support organisations for women and girls  The initative will offer grants of between £150,000 and £750,000 over the next three to five years to organisations that put women and girls at the centre of project planning BLF: no official name for new fund yet The Big Lottery Fund has opened a new £45m grant fund to increase the capacity of organisations that support women and girls. The grant-maker said the scheme, which does not have an official name but is being referred to as the women and girls initiative, will offer grants of between £150,000 and £750,000 to somewhere between 60 and 70 organisations in England over the next three to five... View Article

Labour Market Live

May 13, 2015 4:30 pm Published by

Unemployment is 1,827,000, down 11,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 35,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.5%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter. The number of claimant unemployed is 763,800, down 12,600 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,123,000, down 25,000 on the quarter, representing 15.4% of the youth population (down 0.3 percentage points). Youth unemployment (including students) is 735,000, down 5,000 on the quarter. There are 2.5 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 73.5% (up 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.3 percentage points in the... View Article

Up to 220,000 care workers paid less than minimum wage, figures show

May 4, 2015 11:11 pm Published by

Shadow social care minister Liz Kendall writes in the Guardian that care workers are subject to ‘one of Britain’s largest illegal wage scandals’ More than half the care providers investigated by HMRC are not paying staff the minimum wage, it has been revealed. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent More than half the care companies investigated by customs officials are paying their workers less than the minimum wage, according to figures unearthed by the shadow social care minister, Liz Kendall. In a joint Guardian article with Unison union’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, Kendall writes that care workers are the victims of one of Britain’s largest illegal wage scandals. Kendall and Prentis are speaking out after a freedom of... View Article

Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency

April 7, 2015 2:34 pm Published by

Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency and actually make people more keen to work, a major Europe-wide study has found. The research released by the British Sociological Association comes as all major parties indicate they want to reduce spending on benefits. Survey responses from 19,000 people in 18 European countries, including the UK, indicated that the sums spent on welfare had a positive impact on people’s desire to find work. Sociologists Dr Kjetil van der Wel and Dr Knut Halvorsen examined responses to the statement “I would enjoy having a paid job even if I did not need the money” and compared responses with the amount the country spent on welfare benefits and employment schemes. The... View Article

What do employers want?

March 30, 2015 11:03 am Published by

As the job market slowly appears to be improving for young people and we enter the key recruitment period that follows the glut of fresh graduates and labour market churn, many twenty-something’s thoughts will be turning to how to get that first post-uni job, how to move into a permanent position, or even for a change of direction after seizing that first far-from-ideal chance. The good news is that the final quarter of this year could be a good one, with an anticipated rise in the number of vacancies. In August the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) published the latest of their JobsOutlook survey, a useful barometer as to the direction of the labour market in the UK. The survey... View Article

Work Programme and The Budget

March 21, 2015 10:17 am Published by

Work Programme performance figures Official Work Programme Figures released today show that just over 400,000 people have found lasting work of at least 6 months on the Work Programme and more than 150,000 have stayed in a job for at least 18 months. The DWP press release can be found here, which notes the ERSA Job Start figures. ERSA’s statement can be found here. The Budget Yesterday the Chancellor, George Osborne delivered his final budget of the parliament. He described it as a ‘truly national budget’. He opened by stating that the latest OBR report showed that the UK economy was growing faster than any other EU country, and growth had been revised up. He also stated the importance of sticking to the existing deficit... View Article

Inclusion comment on the recent labour market figures published on the 18th February

February 20, 2015 7:29 pm Published by

The labour market figures published on 18 February suggest that a degree of renewed momentum has returned to the labour market following the slowdown we have noted in previous months. Duncan Melville, Chief Economist at Inclusion, commented: “Employment is up by 103,000 in the three months to October to December 2014, higher than the average quarterly increase seen over the previous six months. The employment rate (the proportion of people of working age in employment) has risen to equal the highest figure since records began in 1971, albeit part of the reason for this reflects the rise in the pension age for women from 60 to 65. The fall in unemployment, 97,000, seen in the latest figures is also an... View Article

The Scottish Bill

January 23, 2015 12:53 am Published by

Following today’s publication, the UK Government will undertake an engagement programme across Scotland to ensure that people have the opportunity to contribute their views as work continues to prepare the draft legislation for introduction in Parliament. The following points are of particular interest to the sector:   Overview of employment support The Scottish Parliament will have all powers over support for unemployed people through the employment programmes currently contracted by DWP (which are presently delivered mainly, but not exclusively, through the Work Programme and Work Choice) on expiry of the current commercial arrangements. The Scottish Parliament will have the power to decide how it operates these core employment support services. Funding for these services will be transferred from the UK... View Article

The myth of the value of the unpaid internship

January 7, 2015 2:37 am Published by

One of the employment phenomena of recent times is the explosion in the number of unpaid internships. In the UK and abroad many companies and organisations have organised zero-or-low pay internship programmes, ostensibly as a first step on the career ladder for young people seeking to get started in competitive industries. As the recession bit harder so these internships proliferated, suggesting that there were more factors at play than merely the cultivation of talent and offering of training and opportunities to keen young workers. Have they proven a useful tool for young graduates, or a means by which less scrupulous organisations can circumnavigate the minimum wage? Even as of 4 years ago there were, according to the Institute for Public... View Article

Labour market Live

November 17, 2014 1:01 am Published by

Unemployment is 1,959,000, down 12,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 115,000) and the unemployment rate is 6%, the same as last month and down 0.3 percentage points on last quarter. The number of claimant unemployed is 931,700, down 20,400 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.8%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,126,000, down 16,000 on the quarter, representing 15.4% of the youth population (down 0.2 percentage points). Youth unemployment (including students) is 737,000, down 39,000 on the quarter. There are 2.9 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 73% (the same as last month’s published figure and up 0.2 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).