Most workers on zero-hours contracts are paid less than the national average wage

New analysis of wage levels completed for the TUC, has found that almost four in five, or 79 per cent of those employers on zero-hours contracts receive less than the average national rate of pay.

Disabled researchers propose alternatives to failed job tests

A new report entitled Beyond the Barriers, which was entirely researched, written and supported by disabled people, aims to kick-start a significant new debate about the failure of sickness and disability support in the UK. Topics covered include what must be done to improve it and why, and how current systems should be re-designed so that all members of society can achieve their goals and aspirations.

Migrant jobseekers to face English language test before claiming JSA

The government has announced that from the end of April, migrant claimants will face a spoken English test in England - and if their language is found to be a barrier to looking for work, they will be expected to improve it.

Bedroom tax leaves 100,000 tenants trapped in larger homes and wanting to move

Two separate studies published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), have found that the spare room subsidy or ‘bedroom tax’ has left tenants struggling to cope and has failed to free up homes in many areas. It also discovered that savings to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will fall short in the policy’s first year.

It is still not clear Universal Credit IT will work warn MPs

A new Work and Pensions Committee report has warned that there is a worrying uncertainty about the new Universal Credit (UC) IT system, which includes how it will work, how much it will cost and who will develop it.

Announcing the #YouthFriendlyMP Campaign

Youth Employment UK (YEUK) has launched its major campaign of 2014. 

Shazia Fletcher, Head of Employer Routed Funding: Apprenticeships at BIS, to speak at an upcoming Campaign for Learning seminar

The Campaign for Learning are delighted to announce that Shazia Fletcher, Head of Employer Routed Funding: Apprenticeships at BIS, will be speaking at our seminar on the apprenticeship funding consultation on Wednesday, 9th April.

Disabled people affected by the housing benefit changes face "severe financial hardship and distress," MPs warn

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Committee have warned that the changes to housing benefit that were implemented in Scotland, England and Wales in April are having a “severe” effect. MPs explained that this is because the reduction of payments for social tenants deemed to have a larger home than they need have hit vulnerable people not intended as targets.

Therese Rein agrees multimillion-dollar sale of jobseeker business Ingeus

U.S based employment company, Providence Service Corporation, has agreed to acquire Ingeus Limited, an Australia-based company that provides workforce development and related programs in ten countries, including the Work Programme in the UK.

George Osborne commits the Conservative Party to full employment

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has committed the Conservative Party to “a fight for full-employment,” in a speech marking the start of the tax and benefit changes in the UK.

Housing benefit changes see "6 per cent of tenants move"

New measures to increase childcare options across the country have been announced by the Minister for Education and Childcare

The Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that hardworking parents stand to save money in a new measure to increase childcare options across the country. The number of childminders has almost halved over the last 20 years, and these new plans aim to cut the red tape burden from childminders who look after children in their homes. Childminders will also be given support, training and advice so that they can deliver a high-quality service for parents.

The number of Brits claiming jobseekers allowance for over three years is the highest since 1997

Newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have shown that the number of Brits claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than three years has soared from 5,090 in 2010 to 57,340; the highest number since 1997. Furthermore, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits for over five years has increased from 4,375 to 11,295, the largest level since 2003. Despite the rate of total unemployment falling in January to 2.3 million, 234,005 people have been out of work for more than a year, with 930 people out of work for over ten years.

Sick pay reform blow for those who have a personal assistant to help them with their care needs

The abolishment of the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) has meant that from the 6th April 2014, employers will no longer be able to claim reimbursement for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Consequently, ‘care and support employers’, or those who require a carer to help them with their care needs, will be negatively affected.

Sick pay reform blow for those who have a personal assistant to help them with their care needs

The abolishment of the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) has meant that from the 6th April 2014, employers will no longer be able to claim reimbursement for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Consequently, ‘care and support employers’, or those who require a carer to help them with their care needs, will be negatively affected.