Zero hours contracts still on the rise

Despite negative publicity, the number of people working on “zero hours” contracts (contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours) continues to rise, according to a survey published by the Office for National Statistics (http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_396885.pdf). According to the survey, people on “zero hours” contracts are more likely to be women, in full-time education or in young or older age groups when compared with other people in employment; and on average, someone on a “zero hours” contract usually works 25 hours a week. Around a third of people on a “zero hours” contract want more hours, with most wanting them in their current job. Whilst the Government has said it will reform “zero hours” contracts, so far the only concrete proposal is to ban exclusivity clauses, which prevent the worker working for anyone else, even if the employer has no work for them.

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