Number of zero-hours contracts stalls at ‘staggering’ 1.7m : The Guardian


ONS statistics suggest faltering popularity in UK, but campaigners warn of rise of short-hours contracts for workers.

Growth in zero-hours contracts has stalled in the UK, according to the latest official figures, but campaigners have warned that insecure work is still a problem in Britain.

There were 1.7m zero-hours contracts in the UK in November 2016, representing 6% of all employment contracts – unchanged from a year earlier. The Office for National Statistics said the number of firms using zero-hours contracts had fallen.

Employees on zero-hours contracts are not guaranteed a minimum number of hours in any given week. The contracts have been widely used by retailers, restaurants, leisure companies and hotels, including Sports Direct and McDonald’s, and tend to be most commonly used at larger firms.

The Resolution Foundation thinktank said there could be a number of reasons why the use of such contracts had stalled, including the…

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