1.4 million workers are employed using zero hours contracts, the ONS reports


Close to 1.4 million UK workers are not guaranteed a specific number of working hours as their employers use zero hours style contracts, recent figures supplied by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) have revealed.

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This comes as a significant increase compared to the last year’s ONS estimates of non-guaranteed hours contracts (NGHCs), which suggested there were only 583,000 in use, a news source points out.

The report suggests that one in 10 employers – who responded to the ONS snapshot survey conducted over two weeks earlier this year – reported using NGHCs, which include so-called zero hours agreements. This group of employers included almost half of all businesses in the tourism, catering and food sectors, while more than one in five employers in health and social work also reported using them.

Larger employers were much more likely to use zero hours agreements than smaller organisations, and nearly half of businesses with 250 or more employees make some use of these contracts compared with 12 per cent of businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

In addition, the latest ONS survey revealed evidence of a further 1.3 million contracts where no work was undertaken, which might include people with contracts with several employers, agency staff, those not wanting to work, those who have found another job elsewhere but remain on employer records, some people on leave or sick and those not offered work in the reference period.

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