Record rise in zero-hour contracts

There has been a record rise in the amount of zero-hour contracts, over the past 12 months, of more than 100,000. New figures released from the Office for National Statistics revealed that the figures had breached 801,000, the highest number since the records began. The latest figures represent two and a half per cent of the UK’s workforce. Statistician at the Office for National Statistics, Nick Palmer said “This latest figure is rather higher than the 697,000 people who said they were on these contracts in late 2014. Though at least some of this increase may be due to greater public recognition of the term ‘zero-hours contract’, there’s also nothing to suggest this form of employment is in decline.” The ONS also revealed that people on zero-hour contracts were more likely to be young, part time, women or in full time education when the figures were compared to other people in full time employment. The average person working a zero-hour contract is likely to work 26 hours a week. Interestingly, up to 37 per cent of people working zero-hours contracts said that they would like more hours.
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