Feb. 6th, 2013

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My brother started a blog. To post helpful (or not so helpful) comments on his blog, I had to create an account.

I can see the value in writing, or typing (which is easier than writing). I write a lot for work, but it's not creative, it's very factual and evidence based.

But as one of my yoga teachers has taught me - the more you reflect on what you are learning in life, the more you understand that what you are learning helps you evolve.

I've been reflecting on employment. My partner, my brother and soon his brother will all be in-between jobs. I'm also hiring at the moment, and the CV's I'm receiving let me know two things. There area lot of capable, well educated people who are in-between jobs. There are also a lot of people who really don't know how to make their CV stand out or to write a decent cover letter. For most of the candidates about 2 hours of effort would have taken them to the top of the pile.

Something odd about the current recession in the UK. In the private sector unemployment is decreasing, but productivity is down. This means that there a lot of under employed people who are employed. In the public sector, unemployment is increasing and productivity is up. So what's up with that ?

It turns out that after two years of claiming job seekers allowance, people are 'encouraged' to declare themselves self employed. They still get welfare benefits, in the form of tax credits. But it takes them off the unemployment data. This makes it look like the number in work is increasing, and in theory should boost confidence. What it appears to have done is created a lot of under employed self employed.

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