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The Recruitment and Employment Confederation, while acknowledging that some zero-hour contracts have been implemented poorly, believe that with only 1% of the jobs market involving zero-hours contract they are essential to allow businesses to ‘flex’ their staffing base when demand fluctuates and allow them to remain competitive (rather than employing too many permanent staff); and good for employees to get them back to work and be in control of the hours they work to fit in with other responsibilities they may have.
The TUC have called on the Government to start a review of these contracts, which the Government have just announced they will do. The TUC believe that many zero-hour contracts are exploitative as individuals don’t know how many hours work they’ll get, so how much pay they’ll get.
Zero-hour contracts have been in the news a lot this month – here we look at what is being said:
We’ll keep you updated as we know more! In Mid December 2013 Vince Cable announced the start of a consultation on the use and nature of zero-hours contracts, looking for views from various stakeholders, up to until March 2014. BIS has highlighted concerns at the use of exclusivity clauses preventing staff from working with multiple employers and the apparent lack of transparency of the contracts from both the employers and employees perspective. In August 2014 the Government announced the start of Consultation to look at how to ban exclusivity clauses.
A legal challenge to the use of Zero-Hour contracts at SportsDirect was launched in August 2013.
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Darren Fell, CEO of Crunch, said: "We welcome the government's commitment to adopt the recommendations from the Taylor report. We would however, urge caution that any response does not introduce more red tape, or reduce the ability for entrepreneurs to employ people flexibly."