There has been a lot of publicity recently about the use of zero hours contracts. Can you explain what they are and what their advantages are?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 September 2013
Arthur Cox
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The use of zero hours contracts has indeed been well publicised recently in the media. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found that up to 4% of the UK workforce is on such contracts; this equates to around 250,000 workers in the UK.

A zero hours contract is one under which the employer is not obliged to provide a minimum amount of work, but the worker is obliged to be available for any work when offered. Zero hours workers are extremely effective for employers in businesses that are seasonal (such as agriculture, where periodic bursts of intense activity are dictated by the nature of the work itself), or businesses where work flow is variable, such as tourism,

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