Zero Hour Contracts

Zero-hour contracts, a contract for workers with no guarantee of hours or pay, has become a large part of British employment.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) revealed figures that up to a million workers in the UK are on these contacts, eclipsing the Governments estimates by four times more.

Retail and hospitality industry employees have seen the largest rise of zero-hour contracts as they are proving a cost-effective way to tackle short-term staffing needs.

The concern from employment groups is that these contacts are being abused. It is becoming a regular occurrence that an employee will be offered no hours one week followed by up to 50 hours the next week, then reverting back to none the week after.

Where flexible working arrangement suits both parties, the zero-hour contact is the ideal solution. However they require careful consideration and management.

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