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More than a third of zero-hours employees want more work

Tue, 26/11/2013 - 11:19 -- nick

38% of employees on zero hour contracts want more work, a survey has found.

Carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the poll found that many workers wanted more hours than they were given.

It also found that around one-in-five was penalised if they were unavailable for work, suggesting that the arrangement does not always offer the flexibility and fairness some believe.

McDonalds may be biggest zero hour employer in the UK

Tue, 06/08/2013 - 12:16 -- nick

Burger giant McDonalds may be the biggest zero hour employer in Britain after it emerged that 90% of its staff worked under these contracts.

This means 82,800 employees at the restaurants do not have guaranteed hours of work each month, making it impossible for them to budget their spending.

More than one million on zero hours contracts

Mon, 05/08/2013 - 12:19 -- nick

More than one million UK workers are on zero hour contracts, four times previous estimates.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) surveyed more than 1,000 businesses and found that one in five now employs someone with no guaranteed hours, and that 14% of people on the contracts do not get enough hours to enable them to live a basic life.

Zero hours contracts have become a hot topic since it emerged that some organisations, including Sports Direct and Buckingham Palace, use them routinely as a way of giving themselves flexibility.

Palace exploits unemployed - 350 Buck House staff on zero hour contracts

Wed, 31/07/2013 - 17:59 -- nick

Buckingham Palace has been accused of exploiting unemployed people by using zero hour contracts for temporary staff.

The Palace opens its doors to visitors every summer, but the 350 staff taken on to supervise the attraction have no guaranteed work at all.

The news has come two days after retail firm Sports Direct, owned by Newcastle United bigwig Mike Ashley, was revealed to have 20,000 staff on the same arrangements.

These contracts are a headache for workers, who can't budget, struggle to get benefits and are held back from finding more suitable work.

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