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Job hunters fail to attend interviews

A business woman who advertised for an apprentice at her marketing firm has criticised the attitude of the unemployed after 40 out of 67 applicants failed to turn up  to interviews and most wore jeans.

Claire Curzon said that it took 14 months before she was eventually successful in recruiting. Claire explained that it was clear that most people applied simply to ensure that they could keep their benefits under the terms of receiving their Jobseekers allowance.

Of the ones who did turn up, the majority were unsuitable either from the way they presented themselves or from their attitude.



This is  an indictment on JSP who have been regularly accused of not providing suitable candidates or doing enough to prepare people for interviews.


It is also a real exposure on how some claimants are behaving and it shines a light on the urgent need for change.


It is also an indictment on the way that the new Work Programme is having the unintended consequence of nudging behaviour to ‘beat the system’.


So in a nutshell!! we have a long way to go…….

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IDS urges firms to hire British jobless

In a speech in Madrid, the Work & Pensions Secretary and creator of the biggest reform in the benefits systems Ian Duncan Smith, made a plea for British firms to employ the British jobless rather than recruiting from abroad.

..is this British jobs for British Workers?

In his speech Mr Duncan Smith reported that more than half of new jobs created in the UK went to foreign nationals. He warned that the government would be unable to carry its policy to cut unemployment with welfare reform unless immigration and British workers do not have to face so much competition from foreign workers. He said:


“If we do not get this right then we risk leaving more British citizens out of work, and the most vulnerable group who will be the most affected are young people.

“But government cannot do it all. As we work hard to break welfare dependency and get young people ready for the labour market, we need businesses to give them a chance, and not just fall back on labour from abroad.”

The concern of the number of jobs going to foreign workers appears to be borne out by official figures uncovered by the Labour MP Frank Field which show that 87% of the 400,000 jobs created over the first year of the coalition government went to workers from abroad.


However, these comments have brought a robust defence of using foreign labour from David Frost, Chair the British Chamber of Commerce who repeated the concerns expressed by business, that many British workers lack the basic skills in reading, writing, communicating, and a strong work ethic.  In an interview with Radio 4 Mr. Frost said:


 “Too often …there is a stream of highly able Eastern European migrants who are able to fill those jobs.

“They are skilled, they speak good English and, more importantly, they want to work.”


John Walker, the National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses appears to agree with the British Chamber of Commerce suggesting that it is crucially important to solve these employment barriers by undertaking a root and branch review of our entire education system:


“Small firms will always take on the staff best placed to do the job. But for too long governments have focused exclusively on getting young people to university, instead of preparing students for work through vocational qualifications and apprenticeships as in countries like Germany.”


The consensus is that the government should consider a review of the British education system. However any policy which bars skilled persons from within the European Union will be met with anger from the employers and further strain UK relations with other EU member countries and possibly legal action.

Website:  BBC, the Independent
David Healey
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S.W.A.T Press Release

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Welfare to work consultancy seeks Business Development Executive

A vibrant and entrepreneurial person is required to support a small W2W consultancy

Post: Business Development Executive

Term: Initial period of 3 months

Remuneration: Basic £26,000 pro rata.

Plus bonuses

Location: London


Person Specification

  • Experience of managing complex client relationships,
  • An understanding of the welfare to work sector and well established networks in this space,
  • An in-depth knowledge of target driven sales environments with experience of balancing risk and reward to achieve realistic but stretching financial objectives to meet wider key performance indicators,
  • A proven ability to adapt to new agendas within rapidly changing growth environments,
  • Strong influencing networking skills with a proven ability to forge lasting partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders at senior levels,
  • A strong corporate focus with experience of contributing to wider management discussions other than on business development matters,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to influence and negotiate at a senior level.

No Agencies.

Please make initial contact by email to Dr Floyd Millen

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Extend Small Business Internship Scheme, argues FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking that the Government extend a graduate internship scheme focused on small businesses which is due to come to an end in March. The FSB claim that the scheme run since 2009 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has been “highly successful” with one in four interns receiving the offer of a permanent position. Furthermore the FSB claim that the scheme would generate a £2 million return on the Government’s investment as well as offering a much needed opportunity for new graduates.

A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) said that the scheme had been a “recession measure” and would be closed down as planned. The scheme was intended to provide subsidised internships in small businesses in “priority sectors” for 8,500 recent graduates.

The FSB have calculated that putting a further 5,000 graduates into the scheme would save the government £4.87 million in benefits and generate a further £5.4 million in income tax revenues from those given permanent jobs, thereby earning more than the £8 million the FSB calculate the extension of the scheme would cost.

John Walker, the FSB’s national chairman said

“The UK’s young people are the future of the economy, yet we are seeing youth unemployment approaching one million. It’s time the Government invested in this vital sector so that we don’t see a generation of youngsters consigned to the dole queue.”


George Grayson

Research and Policy Officer

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CIPD pessimistic on employment recovery in 2011


The latest Labour Market Outlook from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development predicts that the employment recovery in 2010 will not be sustained during 2011. Their quarterly report produced with KPMG is based on a survey of 759 HR professionals and measures employers’ intentions for staffing and pay in the coming quarter.

This will be sobering news for all involved in delivering the Work Programme.

The report found that net employment intentions (being the proportion of employers planning to increase staffing levels and those planning to reduce them) had become negative for the first time in a year. While the private sector continues to grow, employment intentions in the public sector have been in negative and have continued to fall. Furthermore more than half of public sector organisations plan to make redundancies in the first quarter of 2011.


CIPD believes that unemployment may continue rising into 2012 painting a pessimistic picture of the UK labour market in comparison to the predictions of the Office for Budget Responsibility. The OBR produces its own labour market forecasts and predicts that the total number of people in work will be 100,000 higher at the end of 2011 than at the end of 2010.


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