How to quit like the Japanese

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Tokyo For many, the idea of quitting a job they hate, of walking into their boss’s office and telling him…


30 September 2023 9:00 am

Degrees of failure: the great university rip-off

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Is university still worth it?

Jonathan Ashworth: ‘We are at risk of a lost generation’

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Jonathan Ashworth on Labour’s plans to cut unemployment

The civil service’s exercise in navel-gazing

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Navel-gazing in the civil service

Portrait of the week

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Britain needs more honesty about unemployment

18 October 2022 4:30 pm

Is low unemployment causing us more problems than we realise? The suggestion might seem absurd, offensive even. It’s reminiscent of…

In Japan, being a token westerner is big business

5 March 2022 9:00 am

How to make money as a token westerner in Japan

Work is no place for your ‘whole self’

19 February 2022 9:00 am

One of the few things I have learned in this life is that Dante Alighieri was wrong. In the Inferno…

Bad news, Governor: the wage-rise spiral is already raging

19 February 2022 9:00 am

I’ve had the opportunity recently to take part in wage-rise discussions for several small entities in which I’m involved. The…

What’s to become of Africa’s teeming youth?

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Demographers are attached to their theories. The field’s most enduring is the ‘demographic transition’, whereby modernisation inexorably lowers a society’s…

Who survived the sinking of the Titanic?

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Prime numbers As of 29 January Boris Johnson will have been Prime Minister for two years and 190 days. Currently…

Boris’s hostage to fortune

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Most prime ministers would be worried about supply chain shortages. But as became increasingly clear at the Tory party conference…

Was furlough the worst £70 billion ever spent?

30 September 2021 8:00 pm

Concorde obviously. The Iraq War perhaps? Or Scottish devolution? It is not hard to come up with a list of…

How to solve the looming pigs-in-blankets crisis

4 September 2021 9:00 am

This is getting serious. Never mind global shortages of microchips, plastics, copper and container ships; now we’re running out of…

Letters: Why aren’t Italians fighting for their liberty?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Wage concern Sir: Martin Vander Weyer’s call for higher wages to end the shortage of British HGV drivers (‘Your country…

Is it time for a Dad’s Army of lorry drivers?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a patriotic proposal: let’s form a Dad’s Army of lorry drivers, of which the Road Haulage Association reckons there’s…

The ‘alpha migrants’ are here – why don’t we let them work?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

They’re bright, brave – and could help solve our labour crisis

Vaccine passports could threaten the employment recovery

29 July 2021 9:45 pm

Alongside the UK’s latest step in reopening, optimistic forecasts have been rolling in concerning the economy’s timeline for returning to…

In the post-pandemic economy, the workers are the boss

17 July 2021 9:00 am

In the post-pandemic economy, workers have the upper hand

The CV trick that guarantees you an interview

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes the opposite of a good idea is, as Niels Bohr said, another good idea. But the converse is also…

Japan's punishing workplace culture

28 June 2021 11:24 pm

Are the world’s hardest workers about to get a well-earned break? That seems to be the hope of the Japanese…

The social tyranny of singing ‘Happy Birthday’

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Among the horrors, some aspects of lockdown were bizarrely less gruelling than expected; indeed for some people, the experience was…

The problem with the Supreme Court’s Uber ruling

19 February 2021 10:50 pm

They are monitored by the firm. They don’t have the option of working for other companies. And they are entitled…

Universal Credit and the future of the welfare state

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Amid the many failures of public policy during the Covid crisis, one success has gone largely unnoticed. The Universal Credit…