1.4m employees with no guarantee of minimum hours

About 1.4 million workers are on contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours, a study by the Office for National Statistics has revealed

The estimate includes all those contracts under which some work was done during a two-week period between late January and early February 2014.

About 13% of employers surveyed reported use of NGHCs. Credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Non-guaranteed hours contracts (NGHCs) include, but are not exclusively, “zero-hours contracts”, as they also include some other contract types that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours

About 13% of employers surveyed reported use of NGHCs, including almost half of all businesses in the tourism, catering and food sectors.

More than one in five employers in health and social work reported using them, although they were found to be relatively rare in financial and professional services and the manufacturing, energy and agricultural industries.