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Latest ONS study on zero hours contracts published

15 March 2017

Details of the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey on the numbers of people employed on zero hours contracts have been released.

Covering the period October to December 2016 and including figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for the same period, this shows a total of 905,000 employed on zero hours contracts, a rise of 2.5% compared with the same period 12 months earlier.

This figure also represents 2.8% of the total numbers of employed people in the UK.

Further analysis of the results shows that those on zero hours contracts are likely to be young women working part-time or in full-time education.

On average, a working week of 25 hours is typically completed, with 32% of those on zero-hours contract stating they would like to work longer, compared with 9% for those in other types of employment.

The majority of those looking for more hours wanted them in their current role, rather moving to a different job.

Regarding the demographic statistics, 33% of those on zero hours are aged between 16 and 24, compared to 12% for those in other types of employment.

With 18% in full-time education - compared with a figure of 3% for other types of employment - the survey also showed that the use of zero hours contracts are most prevalent in the accommodation and food sector.

A total of 65% of zero hours contracts workers describe themselves as part-time, compared with 26% of other workers.

The full version of the ONS report can be viewed here.


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