New zero-hour contracts data confirm the scale of the problem
New figures published today by the Office for National Statistics, show that UK firms used 1.8 million zero-hour contacts in 2017, this represents 6 per cent of all employment contracts. Earlier analysis showed that 901,000 people have a zero-hour contract as their main employment (final quarter of 2017). The TUC believes that the Government should ban zero-hour contracts. We believe that everyone should have the right to a contract that guarantees the hours they work.
It is often argued that zero-hour contracts offer flexibility for both the employer and the worker, however many workers say this is an illusion – it is one-way flexibility for the employer.