Number of UK workers on zero-hours contracts surges to over 900,000
The number of UK workers on zero-hours contracts has surged over the past year, reaching 903,000, or 2.9 percent of the employed UK workforce, the most recent data from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) has been able to suggest.
The percentage of workers on this type of contract has leapt 20% compared to last year, which has prompted significant backlash from trades union body TUC, whose recent research into this matter shows that workers on zero-hours contracts earn on average 50% less an hour than other staff. The median hourly rate for a zero-hours worker is £7.25 compared with £11.05 for all employees, the TUC said.
Nick Palmer, an ONS statistician, said: “The estimated number of people saying they work on a zero-hours contract has risen by more than 20% since the same time last year. The ONS will continue to monitor and report on this trend to help inform understanding of changes in the UK’s employment market.”
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