1.8 million people have zero hours contracts in UK

The number of people with zero hour contracts in the UK has grown to 1.8 million- official statistics show.

payroll-bureau-services-epayroll-solutionsThe total- calculated during the first two weeks of August, was higher than the 1.4 million contracts revealed when figures were first collected in January last year.

This is likely to be the result of a number of seasonal industries using more of these contracts, making a direct comparison difficult.

Some workers and unions are unhappy that staff can simply be sent home if there is no work to be done, but supporters of the contracts like the flexibility that they can offer.

Additional data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that 697,000 workers said they were on a “zero-hours contract” in their main job between October to December last year.

This represents 2.3% of all people in the UK.

This figure, collected in a survey, is reliant on these workers being fully aware that they are on a zero-hours contract.

The ONS said that a rise on the 586,000 workers who said they were on zero hours contracts during the same period in 2013 could be the result of greater awareness and publicity for these kind of contracts.

On average, someone on a zero-hours contract usually worked 25 hours a week, the ONS said. The majority were women and students, often aged under 25 or 65 and over.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Zero hours contracts are valued by many employers and individuals who want flexibility in the hours they work, such as students, people with caring responsibilities and those who want to partially retire. However, historically there has also been some abuse in these types of contracts.”

“The government is ensuring rules mean that employers cannot tie workers down exclusively to their zero-hours contract. They should allow these workers to take up employment elsewhere too.”

“As for the figures from asking employers, there is little point comparing January figures for such contracts with August figures because industries such as retail, agriculture and hospitality have huge seasonal variations. So some politicians and pressure groups may say that the number of people on zero hours contracts has risen, but we do not really have the statistics to back that up.”

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