Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that the effects of zero-hour contracts on the workforce will be checked by the business department. After these zero-hour contracts staff has to be ready to work as required despite of the fact that they have no guaranteed hours.Download your zero-hours employment contract template.
Clegg shared his view about the employers, from Sports Direct to Buckingham Palace, who had proposed such contracts to their staff. He said he assumed the responsibility that the business department would review the use of these contracts.
Discussions on the matter started not long ago because it was revealed that many employees’ lives were ruined because of the ever-shifting working hours and non-guaranteed wages.
At a conference at London Clegg mentioned some of the problems that could appear as a result of this practice.
“Families have to plan to pay bills – everyone has to plan for what their income is and what they are going to pay out,” he said. “That can cause very intense insecurity and anxiety indeed.
“The business department is looking at this over the summer to see if we need to make any adjustments. I am not going to second guess that process. I am very interested in seeing what evidence they come up with.”
He added there were no official statistics pointing out the number of people working zero-hour contracts but promised they would do everything possible in order to cope with the problem.
Due to data of the Office for National Statistics the number of staff signed up to zero-hour contracts is around 200,000, but soon it was revealed that all 20,000 of Sports Direct’s part-time staff worked with the same contracts.