The UK’s low wages are a “scandal”, says Labour leader

The UK’s low wages are a “scandal”, says Labour leader

ROCK-BOTTOM PAY FOR 5 MILLION WORKERS “CAN’T CARRY ON”, INSISTS ED MILIBAND Labour leader Ed Miliband has outlined plans to increase the UK’s national minimum wage to a level closer to the country’s average income, if his party wins the...
Are you over-qualified for the job you’re doing?

Are you over-qualified for the job you’re doing?

SKILLS MISMATCH MEANS 30% OF WORKERS ARE OVER-EDUCATED FOR THEIR ROLE Nearly a third of the UK’s workforce is over-qualified for the position they are currently in, thanks to a massive miscalculation on the part of policy-makers and economists in the last few...
“Oh, okay then…” Bosses finally back minimum wage rise

“Oh, okay then…” Bosses finally back minimum wage rise

LOWEST PAID WORKERS LOOK SET TO EARN 3% MORE There is good news for graduates earning the national minimum wage – Britain’s business leaders have announced they are backing a proposed 3% rise recommended by the Low Pay Commission. The bad news?...
Almost HALF of 20- to 24-year-olds still live with their parents

Almost HALF of 20- to 24-year-olds still live with their parents

SOARING RENTS AND LOW INCOMES CREATE GENERATION OF ‘BOOMERANG’ KIDS Almost half of young people aged 20 to 24 – including thousands of graduates – are still living at home with their parents, official figures show. Experts blamed the record...
“I could only afford one meal a day during my unpaid internship”

“I could only afford one meal a day during my unpaid internship”

LAW GRADUATE LOST TWO STONE DURING SIX MONTHS WORKING FOR FREE  A law graduate has told how he could only afford one meal a day during his unpaid internship – and lost two stone in weight as a result. Law graduate Joseph Loughnane, 27, from Galway in Ireland,...
Can’t afford to move to where the best jobs are? Join the club

Can’t afford to move to where the best jobs are? Join the club

HIGH CITY RENT IS CREATING JOB “BLACKSPOTS” IN RURAL AREAS Sky-high rent in big cities is pricing thousands of graduates out of the race for the best vacancies, new stats show. The problem is creating job “blackspots” where young jobseekers in...
Has David Cameron declared war on young jobseekers?

Has David Cameron declared war on young jobseekers?

UNDER-25s TO BE STRIPPED OF HOUSING BENEFIT, AS WELL AS JSA People under 25 will lose their housing benefit unless they are “earning or learning”, David Cameron has announced. That will include graduates who have invested tens of thousands of pounds on...
Born after 1980? Don’t expect to feel the benefits of the economic recovery

Born after 1980? Don’t expect to feel the benefits of the economic recovery

CRITICS HIGHLIGHT “HUGE INEQUALITIES” BETWEEN GENERATIONS’ FINANCES AS ECONOMY PICKS UP (APPARENTLY) Politicians are celebrating as new figures show that the UK economy is recovering – but critics insist that the country’s young people...
Graduates on benefits – strivers or skivers?

Graduates on benefits – strivers or skivers?

WHY ARE EDUCATED YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVING WELFARE PAYMENTS? Recently graduated – and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, housing benefit or any other form of welfare ‘hand-out’? Do you consider yourself a striver – or a skiver? As the...