The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that the number of workers on a zero hours contract for their main job reached 801,000 in late 2015. This is an increase of 104,000 on the previous year. The figure is a 15% rise and means use is at its highest since the ONS began to monitor the number of zero hours contracts. Our Employment Partner, David Sorensen, comments “this is an estimate by ONS on an area that is hard by its very nature to get accurate data about – we suspect that there may be three or four times more people on zero hours contracts than the ONS estimates; if correct that could be nearly 10% of the UK workforce and apply to millions of people.”
For further information, please visit the ONS website.