Tags: zero hours contracts

Increase in zero-hours contracts reopens public debate

The number of people employed on a zero-hours contract in their main job has risen, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) yesterday. The figure rose to 744,000 for April to June 2015, representing 2.4 percent of all people in employment. In the same period in 2014, this was 2.0%…

Nick Le Riche and Kevin Poulter: Exclusivity Clauses in Zero Hour Contracts Banned

Various employment provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015  came into force last month, including a ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.  Zero hours contracts were one of the hot topics during the recent General Election campaign and how will the new provisions affect employers’ use of workers on this type of contract.

Vince Cable launches consultation into zero-hours contracts but says there will be no ban

Companies could be banned from imposing exclusivity on zero hours contracts which offer no guarantee of work and stop employees from working for another company, under new proposals announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable. These measures come as part of efforts to boost fairness for workers. In a consultation launched yesterday (19 December 2013), the government…

Zero-hours contracts have been unfairly demonised says CIPD

The use of zero-hours contracts in the UK economy has been underestimated, oversimplified and unfairly demonised, with the positive experience of the majority of people employed on them being overlooked, according to new research from the CIPD.   A survey of more than 2,500 workers has found that zero-hours workers are just as satisfied with their job as…

More pressure on zero-hours contracts in Scottish universities

UCU warned that the extensive use of zero-hours contracts in Scottish universities was bad for lecturers and bad for students. The union has submitted evidence to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the use of zero-hours contracts ahead of today’s (14th October) deadline for submissions. Last month the union published data on the use of zero-hours…