A study of zero hours contracts by Unite the Union has found that those working on such conditions earn an average of £500 a month. A survey of 5,000 members found that the vast majority of people working such contracts did not want to continue on such terms. The study found:
More than one in five were on zero hours contracts
Workers on Zero hours contracts reported earning an average of £500 a month
Under-30s more likely to be on zero hours contracts - 50% of those who Unite spoke to were between 16-30
A third of respondents said they did not get holiday pay
77% of respondents said they did not get any sick pay
Only one in seven said they wanted to stay on zero hours contracts
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.