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ONS figures show 1.8m zero-hour contracts in existence

Makbool Javaid
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Results from the ONS November 2017 survey of businesses indicates there were 1.8 million zero-hours contracts where work had been carried out under those contracts. The figure represents 6% of all employment contracts. The number of people employed on zero-hours contracts as their main job according to the Labour Force Survey for the equivalent period was 901,000. People on “zero-hours contracts” 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” works 25.2 hours a week.


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