Are The New Flexible Working Laws a Good or Bad Decision?


Going from today forward, any employee that has been working at their place of employment for 6 months or more will have the right extended to them for flexible working hours.  This includes part time hours, compressed hours, working from home or job sharing, which was previously only offered to carers, or those who had children.

It seems that the implementation of these new laws are drawing very diverse reactions. Many seem to believe that this will make workers happier, which will in turn boost productivity. “Modern businesses know that flexible working boosts productivity and staff morale, and helps them keep their top talent so that they can grow,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.  This extension will be of particular interest to new, young workers who want additional training as they work, to those older employees who are nearing retirement, or to those who also do volunteering.

It will also reduce the stress of travel during the rush hour times, and it may also has the potential to benefit businesses £55.8m, although this should be treated with the caution due to all economic projections.

However, as many positives as this change may bring, there is also worry of a projected backlash against it. Because more requests will come in, unfortunately, some requests will have to be denied – which could cause a negative atmosphere in the workplace. The new legislation states that all employees have the right to request flexible hours, not the right to have it, and requests will be looked at in a first come, first serve basis. The company has to give each request fair consideration and if the request cannot be granted, there are 8 specific reasons that the company will be allowed to give, including costs or inability to move staff around for coverage.

A new study, done by the law firm Squire Batton Boggs, surveyed over 100 companies in the UK and found that 84% of the employers thought that the changes would cause large resentment among their staff. Fraser Younson, an employment law specialist and partner at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, said: ‘With everyone able to request flexible working, the number of grievances is only set to rise.’

It may also be a real struggle with smaller businesses, where it might cause an additional administrative burden if they don’t have the man power to help comply with requests, or the money. As a lot of companies already offer some time of flexible working to their staff, many don’t feel that this is a change in the right direction.

Neil Carberry, the CBI director for employment and skills, welcomed the new rules but also warned: ‘It’s important to remember that the work still needs to be done, so businesses will have to manage conflicting requests effectively and they retain the right to say no where the company just can’t make it work.’

What do you think? Will this help or hinder the relationships in the workplace?


MaryEllen Fenton | Journalist









Tips to Turn Your Internship into a Full Time Position


Internships are a beautiful thing – not only do they help you gain invaluable real-world experience, but they also help employers search through individuals for those hard-workers that could prove to be a good fit within their company.

Interning is a great way to be able to learn more about a specific field that you are interested in, and if it’s the right path for you! And in some instances, these internships can turn into a full-time position! Although not always a guarantee, we have some tips for you to make the best of your time there, and what you can do to help you let your employers know that you’d be the best candidate for their next job opening!

Treat the internship like a real job

Even though you might be doing it for school credit, or perhaps it is an unpaid internship, you must always treat it like it is your actual career, and put 110% into everything you do. Dress sharp, arrive on time, have a professional can-do attitude, take initiative and show the company that you are a serious, hard-working individual who is exceptional!

Ask questions

This tip might sound cliché by now in terms of job searching, but it can never be stressed enough! Learn all you can about the company and how it works while you are there. Don’t be afraid – it shows willingness to learn and that you have a genuine interest in the position! And don’t forget to ask for feedback, so you can understand where you are doing great and where you might need more work. This can help you set personal and professional goals for yourself!

Challenge yourself

Go beyond what’s asked of you – ask for additional tasks! Prove that you have impressive time management skills and not only have you done what they’ve asked (and done it well!) but that you are eager to gain more responsibility and learn from more challenging tasks. Note that the more difficult tasks do come with time, so in the beginning, make sure to greet the more tedious mundane responsibilities with great enthusiasm to show that you have an excellent attitude and patience.

Develop Your Skills – and keep track of them!

The whole reason of being in an internship is to learn all about the subject you are interested in, while gaining skills and bettering your existing ones, right? Exactly! Be sure to hone your current talents, and don’t hesitate to tackle jobs that are unfamiliar – they’ll help you develop new ones! Learn a new program you’re unfamiliar with, go ahead! It’s also important to keep track of all your accomplishments – all these skill sets are desirable and will impress hiring employers in the future!


Network, network, network. Attend professional meet-ups and maintain contacts with other people in the industry. Professional relationships are key – they help you learn of new opportunities and how to advance in your field. Make sure to really develop strong relationships with your supervisor and co-workers as well, so that they can strengthen your networking circle and can help you learn what it takes to be successful, and how to accomplish your goals. Keep yourself in the loop of important going-ons and news in your career field.

Express Your Appreciation

Whenever the internship is finished, don’t forget to thank them and let them know how grateful you are that you were able to work with them and gain so many skills. Be sure to let them know how much you really love the company as well, and most importantly, keep in touch. Just because they might not have a full-time position open for you now, does not mean that something will not open in the near future! Stay in contact with your supervisor and co-workers, and in turn they will remember your enthusiasm, and you will pop into their head first whenever they have a spot available!


MaryEllen Fenton | Journalist









Top 10 Careers in the Legal Sector in 2014


Jobs in the legal sector are well sought after and require a lot of hard work and an investigative mind. They are also very wide ranging and it can be confusing trying to decide where to start. Here is Strike-Jobs guide to the Top 10 Careers in the Legal Sector in 2014.


  1. Bailiff.

Bailiffs are also known as Enforcement Officers or Agents. When a person is in debt and they cannot pay, a bailiff is sent to their home to remove and sell items in order to pay off the debts that they owe. There are two types of bailiffs, Court-appointed Officers and Certificated Bailiffs. Court-appointed Bailiffs work for the courts and Certificated Bailiffs work for firms and companies. This job is ideal for confident people who are able to deal with a range of people, often under stressful circumstances.


Qualifications Needed: A good understanding of the law is necessary, along with GCSE’s and a good background in dealing with the public in difficult situations. To become a Certified Bailiff you must have a Bailiff General Certificate, which can be applied for through your local court.

Average Salary: £18,000+ per year.

  1. Forensic Psychologist.

A Forensic Psychologist analyses criminal behaviour to try to explain why people commit crimes. They support offenders and help them make positive changes. The job includes supporting Police Officers through investigations, supporting Civil Justice Staff and treating patients.  Forensic Psychologists must be able to cope with extreme offenders with severe personality disorders.


Qualifications Needed: A British Psychological Society accredited degree in Psychology followed by a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Alternatively a Health and Care Professions Council approved programme of training leading to registration as a Forensic Psychologist.


Average Salary: £20,000+ per year.


  1. Probation Officer. 

A Probation Officer helps offenders who are serving the community through court orders. They ensure that the offender is rehabilitated after release. A Probation Officer needs to be friendly, confident, calm and fair. The job includes ensuring that the offender carries out community service, doesn’t reoffend and is aware of how their offences affect their victims.


Qualifications Needed: A degree in Community Justice and a Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practise are essential.


Average Salary: £28,000+ per year.


  1. Coroner.

A Coroner is an independent Judicial Officer who investigates the cause of death of those who died suddenly, under suspicious circumstances, or in Police custody. A Coroner is required to liaise with Doctors and Police and order port-mortem examinations, register deaths and write reports.


Qualifications Needed: A Coroner is highly skilled so this role is suited for someone who is already a qualified Barrister or Solicitor with at least five years experience. Typically, you would start out as a Deputy Coroner to begin with and work your way up to Coroner.


Average Salary: £83,000+ per year in a full time role.


  1. Court Usher. 

A Court Usher ensures that everyone is present and in attendance at the correct court case. They ensure that the court case runs smoothly by assisting people. An Usher prepares the courtroom, meet and greets visitors, calls defendants and witnesses into court and directs the taking of oaths.


Qualifications Needed: To be a Court Usher you must have great communication and people skills, alongside two GCSE’s. Experience dealing with the public in difficult circumstances is desired.


Average Salary: £14,000+ per year.


  1. Solicitor. 

This role is perfect for someone who enjoys studying law and would like to pursue a career in legal work. Solicitors advise their clients about the law and represent them in court. A Solicitor can work in a private practise dealing with family law and civil matters, a commercial practise dealing with companies and employment law or for a company or Crown Prosecution Service.


Qualifications Needed: There are a few ways to become a Solicitor. Firstly, complete a law degree and then undertake the Legal Practise Course. Alternatively, complete a degree followed by a Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practise Course.


Average Salary: £16,000+ per year.


  1. Private Investigator. 

A Private investigator checks information and carries out secret enquiries for their clients. Knowledge of law is essential and you must be happy to work independently. The role may include surveillance, tracing missing people and background checks.


Qualifications Needed: Experience in a security role, policing or enforcement is essential. Regulations are being brought in so that Private Investigators undergo training for the job.


Average Salary: Varies depending on hours, availability, skill and clients.


  1. Family Mediator. 

A Family Mediator mainly deals with conflict management. Family Mediators help divorcing couples to come to an agreement without going to court. The job includes meeting clients, holding meetings, discussing and listening, suggesting solutions, note taking and liaising with solicitors.


Qualifications Needed: Experience working with families is essential. Other experience in conflict management is desirable. A qualification in law is not always essential as training can be given in a volunteering role.


Average Salary: £20,000+ per year.


  1. Crown Prosecutor. 

A Crown Prosecutor ensures that people are brought to court for good reason. They examine criminal cases and decide whether there is enough evidence and public interest for a prosecution. They check facts and evidence, explain decisions to Lawyers, witnesses and Police, prepare and present the case in court, question the defendant and witness and sum up the case.

Qualifications Needed: To become a Crown Prosecutor you must already be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister and must have completed your Legal Practise Course or Bar Professional Training Course. You must also have had two years training or a 12 month pupillage.


Average Salary: £27,000+ per year.


  1. Barrister. 

Barristers give legal advice to Solicitors and other clients. They represent individuals and organisations in court and at tribunals. This job would suit someone who is confident, enjoys public speaking and able to handle a lot of confidential information.


Qualifications Needed: A degree is required to begin with. Either a law degree or any degree followed up with a postgraduate Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law.


Average Salary: £12,000+ per year.


Search and apply for jobs in the Legal sector, and start your dream job today!


Claire Coward | Journalist