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Last week David Milliband presented recommendations from his Commission on Youth Unemployment.

The Report

He has welcomed the introduction of job subsidies under the new Youth Contract, which will come in from April, but called for a boost in the number of these that will be made available to employers.

He recommended setting up Youth Employment Zones in hotspots of worklessness around the country.

The report also majored on self-employment. For recovery to be sustainable, new jobs need to be created by start-up businesses. Unemployed graduates in particular should be encouraged to set up their own businesses.


See the full report here

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Monster World Wide will help jobless into work

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has signed a deal with Monster Worldwide for a range of online job advertisement and search services.

A contract award notice has appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The solution will offer an extended job search by aggregating vacancies advertised directly by Jobcentre Plus, as well as vacancies from employers’ own websites and other job boards.

Companies without an online recruitment system will be able to use a self-service facility to create a vacancy and manage responses from potential candidates, according to the DWP.

People looking for work will be able to;

  • Create their own secure online accounts,
  • Set up an online profile,
  • The sytem will suggest alternative jobs,
  • Match individual profiles and vacancies,
  • Give employers and job seekers an “automated match“,

The new system will;

  • Track the activities of job seekers and provide the DWP with business and labour market intelligence,
  • Employers and job seekers can provide real time information about their experiences,


The facility will be available to;

  • The public via Directgov,
  • To employers via Businesslink and EURES,
  • To Jobcentre Plus personnel via internal systems.

The estimated contract value is between £14.45m and £20.44m .

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The Government has today published plans to increase the participation of 16-24 year olds in education, training and work.

‘Building Engagement, Building Futures’ sets out the Government’s strategy to improve the opportunities for young people, so they can succeed in education and training and gain the skills they need to secure an apprenticeship or employment. It includes radical reforms to schools, vocational education, skills and welfare provision.

The majority of young people stay in education and make a positive transition to adult life and the world of work. But recent figures show that 1.16 million young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET). In the current economic climate the Government wants to do all it can to help young people, particularly the most vulnerable, develop their skills, gain the right experience and succeed in adult life.

Getting more young people active and engaged in their own learning and development, and subsequently into work, will make a lasting difference to their future prospects, help to raise levels of social mobility, and is central to the Government’s plans to stimulate economic growth.

‘Building Engagement, Building Futures’ includes five priorities for action

  • Raising attainment in school and beyond to ensure that young people have the skills they need to compete in a global economy;
  • Helping local partners to provide effective and coordinated services that support all young people, including the most vulnerable, putting us on track to achieve full participation for 16-17 year olds by 2015;
  • Encouraging and incentivising employers to inspire and recruit young people by offering more high quality apprenticeships and work experience places;
  • Ensuring that work pays and giving young people the personalised support they need to find it, through Universal Credit, the Work Programme and our Get Britain Working measures; and
  • Putting in place a new Youth Contract worth almost £1 billion over the next three years to help get young people learning or earning before long term damage is done.

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Universal Credit… the warning

According to the Shadow Employment minister Stephen Timms, the current tax credit system was better at supporting people who wanted to escape unemployment by setting up their own business.

However, Labour has claimed that the Government’s Universal Credit could hit small business start-ups, .

During Work and Pensions Questions in the Commons Stephen Timms said:

“The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group has said tax credits today support self-employment much better than the proposals for universal credit will in the future. This is because universal credit will assume people are earning at least the minimum wage which is completely unrealistic in the early years of self employment.

He asked the government to look again at this particular issue with universal credit, at least for the first year or two of self employment…

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said:

We will be monitoring very carefully how decisions we take around Universal Credit work.

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Transfer of Undertakings Call for evidence

This call for evidence seeks views on the effectiveness of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and how they might be improved.

Work Programme providers will have had a mixed experience of TUPE…. no doubt many organisations will have something to contribute to this consultation.

Call for evidence response

Call for evidence regulations

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Collective redundancy consultation

This call for evidence seeks views on the impact of current rules on collective redundancy. It aims to understand the challenges in pursuing collective redundancy consultation, including the barriers to starting consultation and achieving agreement.

Through the Employment Law Review and the Red Tape Challenge, the Government is seeking to ensure that the UK has a labour market where both employers and workers are informed and empowered and able to negotiate their relationship with minimal intervention by Government.

Employers have said during the Employment Law Review that the current rules on collective redundancy consultation slow their ability to restructure effectively and can put future business success at risk.  They report that the difficulty in effecting redundancies has a negative impact on employers’ confidence in hiring people, slows employees’ reengagement in the labour market and makes it harder for businesses to restructure to react effectively to changing market conditions.  Ongoing uncertainty can also have a serious impact on workforce morale and productivity.

A minimum time period before redundancies can take place after a consultation begins has been in place in the UK since 1975.  Government believes that review is now appropriate to take account of:

  • the increase in the pace of decision-making in all areas of life as a result of innovations in information and communications technology; and
  • the need to facilitate a labour market that can generate economic growth in the face of a global economic downturn

The call for evidence considers four main areas:

  • the process of consultation, including the ability to reach agreement and the issue of establishment
  • the minimum periods for consultation and notification
  • high impact redundancies
  • the link with TUPE and insolvency legislation

This call for evidence is an important part of the review: we want to know what you think and why.

The consultation

The consultation rules

The consultation form

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