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More women stuck at the bottom of the career ladder than ever

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:50 -- nick

There has been a big increase in the number of young women in low paid and unskilled jobs over the last two decades.

A TUC report shows that between 1993 and 2011 the proportion of women aged 16-24 in this work trebled from 7% to 21%.

The number of men also went up, from 14% to 25%.

Weekly jobs board - work available now

Thu, 31/10/2013 - 11:43 -- nick

Are you looking for work? Well, The Mirror publishes a jobs board every week which brings together the biggest and best work opportunities.

This week it includes a big recruitment drive for Marks and Spencer's Christmas staff, management opportunities at Aldi, restaurant workers for ZIzzi and others.

Contact details are included.

Go to The Mirror's jobs board

Young people could be unemployed for life - Prince's Trust

Wed, 30/10/2013 - 14:44 -- nick

Some young people are at risk of being unemployed for life, according to a new report by the Prince's Trust.

The number of young people unemployed for more than two years is at its highest for two decades according to the Trust, and the number it works with has also risen.

Those aged 18-24 are bearing the brunt of the recession, and there are now more than three times as many long-term unemployed now as there were ten years ago.

Jobseekers 2 government 0 - Duncan Smith loses Poundland case again

Wed, 30/10/2013 - 13:00 -- nick

The government has lost the Poundland case for a second time as the UK's supreme court threw out its appeal - but appeared not to know it had happened.

The case concerned forced work experience and was brought by Cait Reilly, a graduate who claimed she had been unlawfully made to work in the budget high street chain.

Reilly believed her human rights had been breached, but the original ruling did not support this.

500 jobs to go at Tata Steel

Tue, 29/10/2013 - 12:04 -- nick

Indian steel giant Tata is to cut 500 jobs in the UK, it has announced.

The company blames low building rates in Britain since the recession.

340 jobs could be cut in Scunthorpe, 90 in Workington and 40 in Teesside, and are expected to affect managers and administrators rather than steelworkers.

Tata Steel's European Chief Executive, Karl Koehler said: "European steel demand this year is expected to be only two-thirds of pre-crisis levels after falls in the past two years.

New deal saves Grangemouth and thousands of jobs

Fri, 25/10/2013 - 11:31 -- nick

A new deal between unions and bosses appears to have saved the Grangemouth petrochemical refinery.

Ineos, the owner of the site near Falkirk in Scotland, had announced its closure on Wednesday as it failed to win backing for a pay and pensions deal from the union.

But negotiations have continued and workers were told at a meeting this morning that a deal had been agreed and the plant would stay open.

The union involved, Unite, has made some concessions, understood to include a guarantee not to hold industrial action for the next three years.

Start training now - 13,000 hairdressers needed in the UK

Thu, 24/10/2013 - 12:52 -- nick

Are you unemployed and wondering about a career change?

Well, latest figures show a surprising shortfall in the number of hairdressers in the UK, with 13,400 unfilled vacancies.

According to L'Oreal, the shampoo and beauty products maker, the sector employs 245,000 people across the country, and there are gaps in all trades.

These include colourists, cutters, managers and receptionists.

The average spend on each visit to the hairdresser's is £29, and most go every two months.

Weekly jobs board - UK jobs available now

Thu, 24/10/2013 - 11:29 -- nick

The weekly jobs board is back, and it includes work from across the UK.

Lots of us are still struggling to get work, and there are still nearly five unemployed people chasing each job across the country on average.

But some companies are hiring, including Amazon, Marks and Spencer, Center Parcs, O2 and BUNAC.

The jobs board also a focuses on hospitality work, telling you how to get into it and bringing together job information.