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One in, one out - Nestle adds 1,900 UK jobs as Barclays axes 1,700

Fri, 15/11/2013 - 13:18 -- nick

Food giant Nestle is to create 1,900 jobs and paid work experience opportunities for young people in the UK.

The scheme is part of a Europe-wide commitment to support youngsters, and comes after a Nestle survey showed a lack of decent work placements was holding them back.

Fiona Kendrick, Nestle chief executive, said: “Sadly, young people in the UK and Ireland are stuck in a catch-22 situation - they can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.”

Weekly jobs board - work available now

Thu, 14/11/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

It is still hard to find work in many areas but some employers are hiring.

The weekly jobs board brings together the biggest employers with the most jobs to offer.

This week's includes the RAC, which is looking for full and part-time sales people, and Welcome Break, the motorway services company, which has vacancies for catering, retail, cleaning and other staff.

Morrisons supermarket needs people for its smaller stores, while Wetherspoon needs kitchen, bar and floor staff.

There is also a spotlight on secretarial and admin work and retail.

Unemployed claimants go missing from today's figures - sanctions to blame?

Wed, 13/11/2013 - 14:30 -- nick

Last week the DWP finally released its figures for sanctions, and these showed a huge rise in people being thrown off benefits in the last year to 870,000, an average of more than 72,000 each month.

These are real people having their meagre incomes removed often for the most spurious reasons and disappearing from view.

UK unemployment falls and wages along with it - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 13/11/2013 - 12:38 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK has seen a big fall to 7.6% of the workforce, its lowest rate in three years.

It dropped by 48,000 between July and September to stand at 2.47 million according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), its lowest level for nearly three years.

But wages still lag behind inflation even as more people receive them, going up only 0.7% over the last year.

Weekly jobs board - this week's biggest recruitment rounds

Fri, 08/11/2013 - 13:01 -- nick

If you're looking for work the weekly jobs board could help you.

It's still difficult to get a job in Britain, but some employers are recruiting and you can find out which ones here.

Work is available for Perfume Shops, Brunning and Price pubs, Halfords and others, around the UK and at a range of levels.

Links are included so you won't have to hunt around the internet if you want to apply.

Check out The Mirror's jobs board here

Universal Credit blasted again by MPs as millions lost

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 13:28 -- nick

The government's Universal Credit system has been blasted again by MPs.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) within the House of Commons called the scheme "extraordinarily poor" and said oversight by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been "alarmingly weak".

The Committee believed that much of the £425 million spent to date has been lost forever and will need to be written off.

DWP trumpets 98% satisfaction - but not with unemployment services

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:38 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions is at it again.

The beleaguered government department has today publicised a rare piece of good news: a 98% satisfaction rating with one of its services.

So which flagship section has received the full press release treatment?

The online births, deaths and marriages service 'Tell Us Once'.

Hardly a key part of the DWP offer.

45% rise in sanctions leaves more jobseekers destitute

Wed, 06/11/2013 - 13:32 -- nick

A big rise in the number of sanction referrals handed out by jobcentres and other advisors means more jobseekers have moved into destitution.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today released figures for sanctions - the act of removing benefits for a perceived offence - showing more have had money removed than ever before.

In 2011 - itself a record year - 1.34 million sanctions were handed out.

Benefit cap doesn't breach human rights, says court

Tue, 05/11/2013 - 11:49 -- nick

A group of mothers has lost its claim that the benefit cap breaches their human rights.

The women, all from London, had brought the case on the grounds that it harms their right to a reasonable home and family life and breaches the rights of their children.

They had feared it would leave them destitute, with their lawyers arguing that it was a "cruel and arbitrary" measure and "reminiscent of the days of the workhouse".