United Kingdom - Large increase of zero-hours contracts - September 30, 2016

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 903,000 workers are on a zero-hours contract compared with 747,000 in 2015. The number of workers saying they are on a zero-hours contract for their main job has increased by over 20% in one year. Women and young people aged between 16 and 24 are revealed to be more likely than male and older workers to be on zero-hours contracts, and almost one third (31%) of those on the contracts want to work more hours than they are currently provided. Furthermore, the statistics understate the number of jobs that are held under zero-hours contracts, as some workers may not be aware of their status and others may hold a casual job as a secondary means of income. The Institute of Employment Rights has been tracking the growing problem of casualised labour, releasing the booklet Re-Regulating Zero-Hours Contracts. It explains how the rise of such contracts is contributing to a weakened and unproductive economy, as well as how the government's approach to providing welfare for unemployed and disabled people incentivises people to take poor quality jobs, and businesses to create more of them.

English: http://www.ier.org.uk/news/ier-calls-changes-law-after-zero-hours-contracts …  

The report: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork …  

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