Zero-hours workers 'paid less'

Employees on zero-hours contracts are making £6 less per hour than their permanent colleagues, research from an independent think tank has revealed.

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Umunna: Lack of job security bad for wider economy

Job security is vital for the wider economy and businesses, said the Shadow Business Secretary.

Labour's Chuka Umunna told Daybreak workers who did not know where the next pay check was coming from could not spend money on consumer goods, which was bad for business.

He also claimed zero-hours contracts were not used by small businesses as much as large ones.

There would be a Parliamentary debate on zero-hours contracts when the House returns in the Autumn.

TUC: Use of zero-hours contracts 'concerning'

The boom in zero-hours contracts used by major companies is "concerning" said TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady.

It's hugely concerning that zero hours contracts are becoming such a prominent feature of the labour market.

Workers on zero hours contracts are completely at the whim of their boss, who can reduce their income to nothing without warning or reason.

The Government must act to stamp out abuses of workers on zero hours contracts, before the low-pay and insecurity that they bring starts becoming the norm for new jobs.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady


Umunna: 'Danger' insecure work becomes the norm

There is a "danger" controversial zero-hours contracts, which do not guarantee the employee any hours of paid work, become "the norm", said Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna.

New evidence highlights that there could be hundreds of thousands more people on zero-hours contracts than previously thought...Flexibility works for some, but the danger today is that too often insecurity at work becomes the norm.

The huge spike in the use of zero-hours contracts has brought increased reports of abuses and bad practice. There should be zero tolerance of such abuse.

That is why Labour has convened this important summit bringing together representatives of employers and employers to consider what action must be taken.

– Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna

Zero-hours workers making '£6 less per hour'

Staff on zero-hours contracts are paid £6 less per hour than other colleagues doing the same job, research has shown. Credit: PA

Workers on zero-hours contracts are making £6 less per hour than permanent staff, research from an independent think tank has shown.

Figures from the Resolution Foundation showed workers on zero-hours contacts, earn on average £9 per hour - while full time staff make £15.

The data was released ahead of a summit aimed at tackling the growth of controversial zero-hours contracts, which do not require employees to offer work as staff are employed on an on-call basis.

A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that up to a million people could be employed on zero-hours contracts, four times as many as official estimates.

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