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Women and young people most likely to work on zero-hours contracts

New statistics on zero-hours contracts have revealed that more than 50 per cent of those working in such roles are women, raising concerns that they are being disproportionately affected by the precarious nature of much zero-hours work.

A new Office for National Statistics (ONS) report, Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: April 2018, combined data from the latest Labour Force Survey and an ONS business survey in November 2017 to come up with an estimate of the number and make-up of zero-hours contracts in the UK – generally defined as contracts that offer no guaranteed hours to the worker.

Estimates suggested that 6 per cent of UK employment contracts were carried out on a ‘zero hours’ basis in November 2017, equating to 1.8 million contracts, an increase of 100,000 on the equivalent figures for November 2016.

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April 25, 2018

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