Category: Employment

The phrase “falling on deaf ears” is an awful and ableist one, but frankly what the disabled community experience, what I experience, is much worse. It’s not that people cannot hear what is being said; they don’t want to. They can’t be bothered to. No matter how much I raise my voice, no matter how much my disabled...

Recently, James Damore was fired for circulating a ten-page “personal opinion” rant about diversity at Google, and why programs aimed at increasing diversity at Google are bad news (specifically, for men like him).. Considering Google is currently under investigation for systematically paying men more than women, ten...

During my first year of junior school I decided I wanted to put rockets into space. I quickly realised that being an astronaut was a huge cliché, so I asked my mum what other jobs there were to do with space – she diligently plopped me on the chair in the computer room and let me type an email to her academic friend...

It’s the start of the New Year, and most people are getting back to their daily routines after the holidays. As term came to an end in December, and people excitedly told me about their plans for Christmas and the rest of their holidays, I was reminded that I don’t ever really make plans for the latter half of...

The living wage, an improvement on the minimum wage aimed at providing a minimum wage that matches the current cost of living, is fundamentally a good idea. There’s an inconsistency to it however: it doesn’t apply equally to everyone. If you’re under 25, you can legally be paid less for the same work as your older...

With a Republican President-elect set to take the White House and a Vice President-elect encouraging the diversion of funds for HIV research and treatment to spending on so-called conversion therapies. global LGBT* rights are once again in the spotlight. Rightly so, in a world where being gay is illegal in 71...

Ken Loach is known for making angry films, and his latest movie is his angriest yet. I, Daniel Blake is a blistering commentary on our current welfare system and the humiliations faced by those who find themselves dependent on it, and it pulls no punches. The movie, filmed entirely in Newcastle, follows Daniel Blake,...

When I was in the summer of first year I managed to blag myself a copywriting internship at a large charity in central London. It was a three-month, expenses-only position, and I naïvely thought a part-time job and an overdraft would sustain me for a while. This was nearly four years ago now, and the media crusade...

Article updated: 10th November 2016 Based on ONS Statistics, the Fawcett Society declares today Equal Pay Day. But there’s little to celebrate, unfortunately; put less democratically, today women effectively stop being paid (relative to men) for the rest of the year. The Gender Pay gap is often placed under scrutiny,...

Last September, I was made redundant from my first graduate job. At the tender(ish) age of 24, after getting through uni and finding a job that I didn’t love but didn’t hate, I was in no way prepared to be back in the Job Centre. But that’s exactly where I ended up. At first I was relieved to be leaving the company; I...