BBC News – More graduates taking low-skill jobs – report

This article on the BBC talks about the rise in graduates taking up low level jobs or stay underemployed for longer. They make a point that graduates still earn £100K on average more over their lifetime, which in a sense is not bad but can be a lot higher. With rising student fees, when selecting a subject to study it …

The reason mothers work – and Tories try to stop them | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian

This article in the Guardian rings a bell for many of our friends and ourselves too. Childcare is expensive and for those who go back to work have very little extra money to contribute to the household since most get eaten up by childcare. In our own household we we both work part time till the little one is old …

Nuclear power: If Japan and Germany don’t need it, why does anyone? | Damian Carrington | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Opportunities to develop your skills can be found everywhere. This article from Damian Carrington highlights 2 points that are interesting for people who like to develop their skills or those who are looking for work. Point number one is that nuclear is on the way down and point two that there are estimates that renewables can provide 80% of the …

Banks to hire 6,000 to handle PPI complaints | Money | The Guardian

The employment market is tough we all know that so it it key to look out for opportunities. This Guardian article just highlighted some options to go after. If you are a great communicator, are able to negotiate and have good costumer services skills here is your change. Highlight your applicable skills in your CV and get in touch with …

It’s not always bad news

“Retail sales jumped 5.2% in April and the sunny weather is helping the housing market” It looks like the weather is helping out the economy. It is hard to find some good news these days so when I read these two articles I decided to share them with you. Nice weather is always bound to help your mood and make …

BBC News – School leavers lacking basic skills, bosses group says

I am sad to read this article and can understand the bosses to be concerned. The flip side of the coin is that more experienced workers can actually compete on these skills. So if you are made redundant and have become a job searcher in the latter stages of your career make sure you highlight your basic skills. Full article …

BBC News – British Gas owner Centrica warns of higher prices

Another piece of bad news for jobseekers and families where someone is at risk of redundancy. Rising gas prices is going to hit everyone. Read the full article here: BBC News – British Gas owner Centrica warns of higher prices: “

BBC News – Poor foreign language skills affect UK’s European influence

A great video from the BBC on languages. If you want to differentiate from other job seekers a language can be a deciding factor. If you have language skills put them on your CV. If you are studying one put that on too and if you are interested in a language, learn one! Watch it here: BBC News – Poor …

Workforce surveillance: Is your boss keeping a private eye on you? | Money | The Guardian

This story actually isn’t too surprising. From an employer’s point of view, the efforts it takes to take people through formal lay-offs, is hard work. If you expose some of the things you do on social media you are making it easy for your employer to find offences. For example, you called in sick, went to a event and then …

BBC News – B&Q owner Kingfisher buys 31 Focus DIY stores

Yesterday I wrote a short piece about the effect Focus DIY can have on some of our readers. Today some good news emerged and gave some hope for the 4000 workers at DIY Focus. It remains to be seen if they will streamline operations and if that might cause some more stores to close. Time will tell if you need …