An insult to workers? Minimum wage set to rise… by a measly 20p per hour

An insult to workers? Minimum wage set to rise… by a measly 20p per hour

NEW RATE IS “NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH” SAY CRITICS Good news for graduates doing low-paid internships, shop jobs and bar work: the national minimum wage is set to rise in October 2015. The bad news? The new rate is just 20p per hour more than the current rate....
All we want for Christmas is… a pay rise, say graduates

All we want for Christmas is… a pay rise, say graduates

SHOW US THE MONEY, SAY CASH-STRAPPED YOUNG WORKERS   Bosses who hire graduates, take note: what your young staff really want isn’t a Christmas party or more time off. Four in ten say what they really want is… a pay rise. A festive survey of 500 students...
Young people are being shafted – so why don’t more under-35s VOTE?

Young people are being shafted – so why don’t more under-35s VOTE?

CAN’T BE BOTHERED – OR CAN’T SEE THE POINT? The UK’s under-35s could decide the result of the 2015 general election, says new research – but that’s only if they bother to vote. The list of problems facing young people seems to grow...
Are all unpaid interns really ‘rich’? Not in our experience

Are all unpaid interns really ‘rich’? Not in our experience

MOST ARE SKINT – AND INACCURATE STEREOTYPES OBSCURE THE TRUE VILLAINS IN TODAY’S JOB MARKET: THE EMPLOYERS WHO EXPLOIT YOUNG WORKERS According to much of the mainstream press, it’s a fact that you have to be ‘rich’ (or even...
Only one in 40 new jobs since the recession is for a full-time employee

Only one in 40 new jobs since the recession is for a full-time employee

1.3 MILLION PEOPLE STILL WANT MORE WORK THAN THEY CAN FIND. ARE YOU ONE OF THEM? Only one in every 40 new jobs created since the recession is for a full-time employee – and many workers classed as ‘self-employed’ are only just scratching a living,...
Graduate payslips – where did all your money go?

Graduate payslips – where did all your money go?

DECODE THE NUMBERS – AND MAKE SURE YOUR BOSS’S SUMS ARE RIGHT By guest blogger Elizabeth Grey The long-awaited day is finally here: your first graduate wage packet has landed. After you’ve got used to seeing such a healthy looking bank balance and...
Half of 20-24s still live with their parents. Do you?

Half of 20-24s still live with their parents. Do you?

“CLIPPED-WING GENERATION” CAN’T AFFORD TO MOVE OUT Almost half of Great Britain’s 20- to 24-year-olds are still living with their mum and dad, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. Are you one of them? Campbell Robb,...
In work – but still skint? Unemployment drops – but many new jobs pay poverty wages

In work – but still skint? Unemployment drops – but many new jobs pay poverty wages

MORE, BETTER-PAID JOBS ARE STILL DESPERATELY NEEDED, ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUNG Despite a rise in employment, there is deep concern that wage growth is still too low – and more, better-paid jobs are essential if young workers are to feel the benefits of the...
Skint but cheerful: Meet the graduates who refuse to get depressed about their debt

Skint but cheerful: Meet the graduates who refuse to get depressed about their debt

WAGES FOR UNDER-30s DROP BY 11% – BUT UPBEAT GRADS SAY “WE DON’T KNOW ANY DIFFERENT” How rich (or poor) do you feel – and does it get you down? Or do you refuse to worry about it? Graduate Fog has noticed a wide range in attitudes from...
Is true diversity more than skin deep?

Is true diversity more than skin deep?

FIRMS MUST IMPROVE THEIR SOCIAL CLASS MIX, NOT JUST ETHNIC AND GENDER In 2014, what does a truly diverse workforce look like? And is it even visible to the naked eye, from a company’s gallery of staff photos? In recent weeks, we’ve seen diversity hit the...