True scale of zero hours working is still unknown, warns TUC


Commenting on figures published by the Office for National Statistics, which show that 250,000 people were employed on zero hours contracts last year – 50,000 more than previously estimated – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady today (Thursday) said:

‘These updated figures from the ONS still underestimate the true scale of zero hour working, which has spread like wildfire throughout our economy.

‘300,000 workers in the care sector alone are employed on these insecure terms and conditions and that is before you factor in sectors like higher education, retail, legal services and journalism.

‘From Buckingham Palace to Sports Direct zero hours contracts are cropping up everywhere and the government’s oft mentioned review must lead to proper regulation to prevent their continued misuse. Employers cannot be allowed to take advantage of the current economic climate to employ people on the cheap.’