ONS estimates 801,000 workers are on zero-hours contracts

In its latest report, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has estimated that 801,000 people were on zero-hours contracts from October to December 2015.

This represents 2.5% of people in employment, and is up 104,000 from the same period in 2014.

The results from the survey also showed that many people had more than one zero-hours contract. The ONS found around 1.7 million contracts that didn’t guarantee a minimum number of hours in November 2015, compared to 2.1 million in May 2015.

However, the ONS said that “it is not possible to say how much of this increase is due to greater recognition of the term ‘zero-hours contracts’ rather than additional contracts.”

They also stated that “estimates may be affected by seasonal factors”, so they “should not be compared directly.”

When compared to other people in employment, the ONS found that workers on zero-hours contracts are more likely to be young people, part time, women, or in full-time education.

The survey also showed that people on zero-hours contracts work 26 hours a week. And around 1 in 3 (37%) of these people want more hours, with the majority wanting longer hours in their current job rather than a different job that offered more hours.

In comparison, just 10% of other people in employment wanted more hours.

Source: ONS

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