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In university towns and cities around the country, students are settling in for the start of the academic year. As freshers’ weeks come to an end, many students will start to think about finding some part-time work to see them through. We set out six tips on employing students.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, 20% of people on zero hours contracts are in full-time education.
Despite the negative press coverage, the flexibility that can come with a zero hours contract may be welcome to some students.
However, if you use zero hours contracts, you need to be clear about the employment status of your workers and the employment protection they have.
Zero hours workers can have employee status. This will depend on a number of factors, including mutuality of obligation - that is, whether or not you are obliged to offer the workers hours and they are obliged to accept the hours offered.
While an employer can require zero hours workers to accept the hours they are offered, exclusivity clauses, which prohibit them from working for another employer, are unlawful.