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'Welcome news' on zero-hours contracts in Jersey

A Jersey Deputy has welcomed the news that the number of people employed under zero-hours contracts in the island has remained largely static.

Deputy Geoff Southern has been commenting on figures released by the States, which he hopes are a sign of 'more stability in the workforce.'

Government data shows full-time jobs rose by 1,000 over the last year in the private sector, but there was little change in the number of people who were not guaranteed any working hours.

Even better news is to be found in the public sector where a reduction in headcount of over 600 posts included the loss of 250 zero-hour jobs. The proportion of zero-hour employment in the public sector has fallen to just over 6% of the total. The use of zero-hours, often inappropriately, remains stubbornly high in comparison with the UK, at 11%. The panel still waits for the Minister to act on the recommendations contained in its report on zero-hours contracts.

– Deputy Geoff Southern, Vice Chairman of the Health and Social Security scrutiny panel
Deputy Geoff Southern, Vice Chairman of the Health and Social Security scrutiny panel


Review to look at impact of poverty in Guernsey

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A major review of the impact and extent of poverty in Guernsey is being carried out by the government's Scrutiny Management Committee.

The committee is asking the public for their views on issues including the minimum wage, the cost of housing and healthcare, and the impact of States charges on low income households.

The focus of the review is to evaluate whether the policy and strategies are effective.

If not, then why not and what needs to done in the future.

– Deputy Peter Roffey, Vice-President of the Scrutiny Management Committee

The evidence gathered by the committee will be used to form a report, including recommendations for further action by the States to tackle the issue of poverty.

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