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16:55  13 august  2019
16:55  13 august  2019 Source:   uk.finance.yahoo.com

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Around one million workers , mostly working in the retail and hospitality sectors, are on zero - hour contracts . That's almost certainly someone you Some say that this kind of work can offer flexibility. If workers were given a choice about what type of contract they'd like to be on, this might be a fair

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New figures reveal almost 1 million workers are on zero-hour contracts in the UK, amid growing concern about the rise of insecure jobs among the youngest and oldest workers.

Trade unions claimed the government had “failed to crack down on unfair employment practices” as official figures showed a 15% spike in workers on zero-hour contracts in the past year to near record highs.

896,000 people, or just over 1 in 40 people in employment, are on the contracts where workers are on call but not guaranteed any work, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released on Tuesday.

The number of zero-hour workers aged 65 or over has also soared by 30% in the past year, while the proportion of 16-24-year-old workers on zero hours now stands at 8.8%.

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Len McCluskey, general secretary, said: “There are now close to 1 million people in the UK on zero - hours contracts . That’s 1 million people with The thinktank said zero hours remained popular among some employers and workers . The analysis shows almost half of the net increase in people

Zero - hour workers in “accommodation and food” businesses represented a quarter of the entire zero - hour workforce, while one in five worked in However, despite record numbers, zero - hour contracts could be on the decline. ONS figures showed zero - hour contracts grew at a slower rate

The government welcomed figures showing record high employment and wage growth at an 11-year high, but experts point out insecure, zero-hours or freelance work has helped drive part of recent employment growth in Britain.

James Smith, an economist at ING Economics, tweeted: “Some interesting stuff going on in the UK self-employed numbers of late. Large chunk of recent gains in total employment are down to the self-employed, although less so in the latest data. Also unusually large increases in part-time self-employed recently.”

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In zero - hour contracts a worker can be called in by an employer whenever the latter sees fit, but has no guarantee of work . In addition to leaving That such contracts are now endemic is an indictment of the unions, which have not lifted a finger to oppose the massive onslaught against workers ’ jobs

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Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC which represents trade unions, said: “It’s no surprise zero-hours contracts are rising when ministers have failed to crack down on unfair employment practices.

“The government must ban zero-hours contracts so that all workers can have solid jobs with full workers’ rights.”

Laura Gardiner, research director at the Resolution Foundation, said: “While the labour market overall is in rude health, the significant rise in zero-hours contracts shows that job quality remains a concern, particularly for young people.”

The department for business, energy and industrial strategy has been approached for comment.

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