Zero Tolerance of Zero Hours Contracts

March 18, 2015

Zero hours contracts are favoured by many employers in the United Kingdom due to their flexible nature, allowing them to respond to fluctuating demands for services. According to the Office of National Statistics, in the period between October and December 2014, the number of people with zero hours contracts for their main job was 697,000, representing some 2.3% of the workforce. Although the UK Government’s findings suggest that the majority of employers use these contracts responsibly, they are open to abuse. There is widespread concern that zero hours contracts do not offer enough financial stability or security to employees as they can tie them to a workplace, whilst providing no guarantee of work or pay, and often also denying rights to holiday and sick pay.

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