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ONS survey reveals 17% drop in use of zero hours contracts

Makbool Javaid

The results from the ONS May 2017 survey of businesses indicated that there were 1.4 million zero-hours contracts (ZHCs) in place, representing 5% of all employment contracts, 300,000 less than in 2016, a drop of 17%. The drop corresponds with the Labour Force Survey of households.  The highest users of ZHCs by industry were admin and support services, followed by accommodation and food and then wholesale and retail. The survey also shows that people on ZHCs are more likely to be young, part-time, women or in full-time education when compared with other people in employment. On average, someone on a “zero-hours contract” usually works 26 hours a week.

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