9 Sep

People on zero hours contracts work on average 25 hours per week.

According to the LFS, the number of people employed on “zero-hours contracts” in their main job during April to June 2016 was 903,000, representing 2.9% of all people in employment. This latest estimate is 156,000 higher than that for April to June 2015.

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” usually works 25 hours a week. Around 1 in 3 people (31%) on a “zero-hours contract” want more hours. In comparison, 10% of other people in employment wanted more hours.

Source: Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: September 2016, ONS.


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