Zero hours contracts

Zero hours contracts are sometimes used by employers that require flexibility in their workforce, for example where the need for workers is unpredictable. Under a zero hours contract, the employer is not obliged to offer the worker a set number of hours. Their use has attracted controversy and in 2013 the government outlined plans to restrict the use of “exclusivity clauses” whereby workers are stopped from working for other employers.


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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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Workers confused and concerned about employment status, claims Acas

7 Jul 2017

Many “gig economy” workers are confused about employment status and fear that raising concerns about it could affect their job...

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Election 2017: where do the parties stand on employment issues?

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As campaigning draws to a close, we run down the policies that would most influence the employment landscape

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Top 10 HR questions May 2017: Some other substantial reason

5 Jun 2017

Perhaps the general election means that the collective HR consciousness has its mind elsewhere, or maybe it’s the effect of...

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McDonald's is giving its workers on zero-hours contracts the option to have fixed guaranteed hoursPhotofusion/REX/Shutterstock

Matthew Taylor review: expect a right to request fixed hours

23 May 2017

Workers on zero hours contracts could be given the right to request a move to a fixed number of hours....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Zero hours workers assume no entitlement to paid holiday

9 May 2017

Half of people on zero hours contracts wrongly believe that they are not entitled to paid holidays, research by Citizens...

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Non-guaranteed hours could command higher minimum wage

18 Apr 2017

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23 Mar 2017

Does the recent spate of employment status cases have implications for all employers, or just for the gig economy sector?...

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“Worker” status should be abolished, MPs told

7 Mar 2017

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Workers employed on a zero hours contract in their main job (thousands)Resolution Foundation analysis of Labour Force Survey data, ONS

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3 Mar 2017

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Insecure work up 27% in five years says TUC

7 Feb 2017

The number of people working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights has grown by 660,000 (27%) over the past...

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