Category Archives: Jobs/Employment

Do employers hire the pretty ones?

Which one would you hire? (it's the same woman by the  way)

Which one would you hire? (it’s the same woman by the way)


Unfortunately, yes. It’s not just women – the dreaded “halo effect” gets us all. Turning heads is a great way to get a job, and when they do get employed, attractive people are likely to earn 3-4 per cent more than a person with below-average looks. But that’s not the whole story.

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Young Brits are putting two fingers up to employers

Young entrepreneur Edwin

If you won’t give me a job, then I’ll make my own, thank you very much.

That seems to be the attitude of young people in Britain since the financial crisis struck in 2008. As the FT reported yesterday, a third of young participants in recent YouGov research said that they believe they would be self-employed in the future, and around a quarter said they would be within five years.

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Getting your foot in the door has a price

Almost every kid next door has a degree these days. Even post-grad qualifications are common, making it damn difficult for employers to pick and choose. In addition to paper qualifications, they look for extra-curricular experience – a degree is no longer enough

So we shouldn’t be surprised that the market for internships has got pretty competitive too. But here’s the shocker: you can buy an internship. The going rate? £5,000.

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Welfare: I double-dare you

Oops. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith really set himself up on Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday.

John Humphrys (interviewer): Could you survive on £53 a week?

IDC: Well….if I had to I would.

I repeat: oops. Judging by the public reaction to IDC’s comment, one might have thought he yelled “bring it on!” while pumping the air in defiance. A petition on for IDC to prove he could live on that amount had received 184,554 digital signatures when I started writing this and 208,988 by the time I finished (about an hour). All this is particularly poignant when your party says stuff like “we’re all in this together

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Welfare cuts draw blood

It strikes me that April Fool’s Day is an oddly appropriate choice to usher in some of the biggest spending cuts to Britain’s welfare state since its inception. But for all the anti-austerity protests of recent years, these cuts seem surprisingly popular. 

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How to live a “ridiculous” life as a young entrepreneur

AppStoresThis is a story of success and surprise.

It starts with a man called Nick D’Aloisio. He was born in London to Australian parents and his story involves some geekery, a bit of obsession and a convenient dose of luck. The punchline: Mr D’Aloisio has just sold an app on the iStore to Yahoo! for somewhere around £18m ($27m). Oh, and he’s 17 years old.

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When I grow up…

I know adults mean well when they ask: “what do you want to do when you’re older?” But it’s a bit of a dumb question.

Ironically, however sure you may be at 18 that when you’re older you want to be Superman (or Cinderella), you can’t possibly know that…until you are older and figure out that the glasses would look better stamped on and those high heels are impossible to walk in every day. In which case how could you reliably choose what subjects you want to do at school, or even at degree level?

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