A Million Workers Could be on Zero-hours Contracts

Last week information was published from the Office for National Statistics according to which the number of the workers in the UK who work on zero-hours contracts is 250,000. On the other hand, a research pointed out that these are over a million. Due to these zero-hours contracts workers have to be ready to work whenever they are called but at the same time they do not have any hours guaranteed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CPID) carried out a survey and the results of it showed that 3-4% of the 1,000 employers who took part in the quiz were employed on zero-hours terms.

Figures also point out that these zero-hours contracts are most frequently found in the voluntary and public sectors. Most of the employees who work in the hotel, catering and leisure sectors have either worked or have friends who have worked at zero-hours contracts.

Fourteen percent of those 148 working on zero-hours contracts shared their employers did not give them enough work so that they could not live normally.

CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese said:

“Zero-hours contracts, used appropriately, can provide flexibility for employers and employees and can play a positive role in creating more flexible working opportunities.”

However, he added that people needed to be more certain in their working hours and earnings.

The general secretary Dave Prentis said that these people worked on the zero-hours contracts only because they had no other option, otherwise they would definitely prefer something they could rely on. Nowadays employers are more powerful end workers have almost no possibility to complain.