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EDITOR'S letter Editor's letter hello, and welcome to this special issue of Careers with Hayley Taylor. BEfORE I fIRST met the Fairy Jobmother I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive: what would this celebrity be like in the flesh? Would she be a stern, unforgiving, sharp-toned character (rather like my old English teacher who made classroom life such a misery way back in the mists of time); or a humourless bore banging on about the correct way to knot a tie? Thankfully my worries were dispelled instantly as Hayley welcomed the Careers team into her home with a big smile and a warm embrace; and ever since, it’s been nothing but a pleasure to work with a woman who is as caring as she is passionate, as driven as she is down-to-earth, and as insightful as she is optimistic that with the right commitment and desire individuals can overcome any obstacles facing them. Of course in today’s jobs climate there are a great many of those obstacles which might lie in people’s paths – and that’s why we’ve brought out this magazine in association with Hayley, to help job-seekers, career-changers and those looking to others back into work at a time when every bit of assistance counts. As Hayley says in her exclusive interview with us: “There are so many problems, you have to have solutions, and you have to be positive.” Hopefully, whatever your situation, you’ll find something in Careers with Hayley Taylor to aid and inspire you and help you keep that crucial positivity, and take the next step along your path to career success. EnjOy ThE magazInE. Ja mie Liddell EdITOr Slug Working mums ❛It demands a tricky balance between home life and work, which can be a struggle emotionally as well as nancially❜ 10 1 2 workers. Care facts How much do you know about social care? Test yourself against our top ten facts. social care facts There are approximately one million people working in social care and social work across the country, CREDITS & BENEFITS You may be eligible for Working Tax Credit (WTC) if you are a mum who is on a low income. The amount you receive is based upon your circumstances - typically your income - and includes a childcare element, which can be used to counterbalance the costs of registered childcare. The amount you receive toward childcare will depend upon your income but can be worth up to £175 per week for one child and £300 for two or more children. However, recent Tax Credits cuts have had a dramatic effect on working mums, with many having to leave employment or reduce their hours in order to look after their children. The changes that the government implemented in April 2011 involved reducing the percentage of childcare costs that parents are able to claim through the WTC from 80% to 70%. They have also stipulated that couples with children must work a minimum of 24 hours availability of these credits and benefits does vary depending on your income and your personal situation but essentially their aim is to support working mothers, and all parents in employment. Exploring all the benefits that you are entitled to, and ensuring that your work-home balance performs as efficiently as it can, will make life as a working mum work for you.Failing to achieve that balance could impact negatively upon both work and home, giving rise to the feeling that you are letting down both your loved ones and your colleagues - and boss. between them, with one working for at least 16 hours a week in order to qualify for the WTC. Another source of payment that is available to working mums is Child Tax Credit (CTC) that is designed for those bringing up children, and similarly to the childcare aspect of the WTC, is paid directly to the main carer – often the mother. Again, the amount you are entitled to depends upon your household income but you should be entitled to credit as long as your household income is not above approximately £58,000 a year if your about 5% of the total UK workforce. The UK has the lowest incidence of child death through violence of any developed country in the world. Some experts partly attribute this to the interventions and work of social 3 4 by 2037. The starting salary of a social worker is similar to that of a nurse, teacher or policeman – averaging a gross weekly pay of £408.50. It is projected that the number of people aged over 75 will increase from 4.4 million now to 7.6 million WORDS: Jessie Bland | PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Imagesw Balancing bene ts and businesses for working We look at how you can make sure you are receiving the bene ts you are entitled to, and make your life as a working mum that bit easier. 60 careers SEPTEMBER 2011 mums B eing a working mum is one of the most difficult jobs around because it’s not just one job. It demands a tricky balance between the demands of home life and work, which can be a struggle emotionally as well as financially. The Office for National Statistics stated that in the second quarter of 2008, 68% of working-age women with dependent children were in employment at the time – and the government accordingly has put systems in place in order to cater for the majority of these working mums. The 5 care services. In 2005, social care in England was separated into children’s social care services and adult social 7 8 population. Adult social care is one of the fastest-growing sections of the economy with approximately 1.5 9 10 The private sector is the major employer of social carers, employing about two-thirds of the total million people working for 39,000 employers across England. An additional one million more employees in adult social care are forecast to be needed by 2025 in order national care workforce. Approximately £2.2 billion was spent in London alone on social care in the financial year 2007/08, 6 10 social care subbed.indd 131 The social work sector is growing very rapidly – at a rate of 3% per year – and will continue to grow as the meaning that the capital accounted for nearly 18 per cent of all social care spending in England in that year. to meet the growing demand of an ageing demand for services increases. SEPTEMBER 2011 careers 61 SEPTEMBER 2011 careers 131 work mums.indd 60-61 15/8/11 17:33:53 15/8/11 17:20:21 © careers magazine (part of the at home series) Copyright of editorial contents are held by emp media. the views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Hayley taylor or the publisher. Hayley taylor is not endorsing any company or product in this publication. reproduction in whole or part is forbidden except with the express permission of the publisher. It is not the intention to print any matter that discriminates on the grounds of race, sex, sexuality or disability. All details, information and prices are correct at the time of going to press. P60 WORKING MUMS P131 SOCIAL CARE september 2011 careers 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Careers with Hayley Taylor 2011

Editor’s letter
Hayley's foreword
Home work
Meet The Fairy Jobmother
I need an agent
How to write the perfect CV
Be the best
From business virgin to Virgin boss
Staying positive during your job search
Kick start your career
The benefits of business education
How to make work work for you
Legal rights
Balancing benefits and businesses for working mums
Earn more work less
Shades of Green
Getting into retail without selling yourself short
What to wear
Work on a plate
Franchises: it’s all in the name
The Ultimo success
Working that net
Building a career in property
Donate your career to charity
Supporting the support
Cross purposes
Tender, loving social care
10 social care facts
Foster care: a blossoming profession
Best of British
Jobs of the future
10 Top Tips to get that dream job
Your questions answered

Careers with Hayley Taylor 2011