Work & careers

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Labour vows to help ‘written off’ people with mental health issues back to work
Shadow work and pensions secretary says it is wrong to think people with addiction or mental health problems do not want to work

Jessica Elgot Deputy political editor

07, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Jeremy Hunt says focus on the ‘economically inactive’. I say he is scapegoating the sick | Frances Ryan
The chancellor’s rhetoric, echoed by the rightwing press, makes his view clear: that being too ill to work is a lifestyle choice, says Guardian columnist Frances Ryan

Frances Ryan

07, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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From demands about avocado rotation to staff in tears, working for the Tories can be perilous | Gaby Hinsliff
The party of workplace scandals simply cannot be trusted with looking after our employment laws post-Brexit, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

Gaby Hinsliff

06, Feb, 2023 @5:29 PM

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Retirement is not a rest nor a choice for many | Letters
Letters: Dr Melanie Jones, Judith Diamond and Mark Chapman respond to an article about early retirement. Plus Caroline Feinstein on the challenge of finding work

06, Feb, 2023 @4:55 PM

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‘I couldn’t stop thinking about it’: one woman’s hunt for Facebook Marketplace treasure
In our series on artwork in Australian homes, Jorja Brown shows us the alpaca wool-weaving that sparked an internet-wide search – and a big career change

Doosie Morris

04, Feb, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Retirement boom among UK’s older workers creates economic headache
Wyre Forest in the West Midlands has seen a huge jump in the ‘economically inactive’, many of them affluent older people, but the dearth of workers is a real problem for employers

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

04, Feb, 2023 @4:00 PM

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‘I’m not Snow White. I have to think like a criminal’: how I became a burglar for hire
Jenny Radcliffe is a professional ‘people hacker’ – someone who claims she can get past anyone and get in anywhere. No building is secure. How does she do it? Plus, an extract from her memoir

Sam Wollaston

04, Feb, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Let me mansplain: studies reveal impact of condescension
Exclusive: US research using actors and volunteers finds women have negative outcomes but men are less affected

Linda Geddes Science correspondent

03, Feb, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Sorry, Jeremy Hunt – we older people want to work. But bosses just don’t want us to | Dorothy Byrne
The chancellor says that Britain needs us oldies back in employment, but the discrimination we face is an outrage, says Dorothy Byrne

Dorothy Byrne

01, Feb, 2023 @8:00 AM

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UK benefit changes have pushed people into dead-end, low-paid jobs, says IFS
Tougher rules have boosted employment but jobs offer scant career progression and contribute little to tax revenue

Larry Elliott Economics editor

01, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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‘Gay glass ceiling’: why more feminine men get passed over for leadership roles
Masculine bias is present among gay and straight men, according to new research, and it’s having an effect on feminine men’s careers

Tom Gill

30, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Long-term sickness leaving 1.6m UK adults over 50 unable to work
Campaign group Rest Less says figures illustrate not only a national health issue but an economic one

Amelia Hill and Richard Partington

30, Jan, 2023 @12:01 AM

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