Friday, 11 March 2016

Zero hour contracts have increased by 15 per cent

"The number of workers on zero hours contracts in the UK has increased by 15 per cent in the last three months of 2015 compared with a year earlier, an increase of 104,000 contracts, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics."

"One in 40 UK workers is on a contract that does not guarantee a minimum number of hours, the figures show."

"Some 801,000 workers were on zero-hours contracts in the UK from October to December 2015, or 2.5 per cent of people in employment, compared to 697,000 workers in the same period in 2014."

"Part of the increase may be accounted for by additional recognition of the term zero-hours, the ONS said, rather than new contracts."

"Those people are statistically more likely to be young, part time, women or students compared to other people in employment."

"On average, workers on zero-hours contracts work 26 hours a week. One third, or 37 per cent, of these workers would choose to work more hours if they could, compared to just 10 per cent of people in other kinds of employment."

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