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North East Zero Hours Contract Capital Of UK

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

 

Tens of thousands of people across the region head to work each day not knowing what their hours will be, or even if they will be told to go home when they get there.

GMB, the union for gig economy workers, has called for action after the number of workers on zero hours contracts in the North East shot up 11,000 compared to the same point last year. [1]

There are 45,000 people stuck on zero hours contacts in the region, up from 34,000 last year – an increase of 32 per cent.

The North East has seen the biggest increase in zero hours contracts compared to the same point last year.

The number of people in region on a zero hours contract increased from 2.8 per cent of the workforce to 3.7 per cent - the highest concentration of zero hours contracts in the country.

GMB calls on the Government to take action to curb the rise of such ‘dangerously precarious’ contracts in the region.

Billy Coates, GMB Regional Secretary said:

“Once again we see the plague of zero hours contracts rampant in the North East.

“Tens of thousands of people across our region head to work each day not knowing what their hours will be, or even if they will be told to go home when they get there.

“That’s no way to live – how can you plan for the future, or even know if you can pay the rent of buy food?

“The Government must take action to ban these dangerously precarious contracts.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] ONS Labour Market Statistical Bulletin, published 16 August 2017, zero hour contract data tables (table 4):

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/datasets/emp17peopleinemploymentonzerohourscontracts

April - June 2017
In employment on a zero-hours contract (thousands)
Percentage of people in employment on a zero-hours contract
April - June 2016
In employment on a zero-hours contract (thousands)
Percentage of people in employment on a zero-hours contract
UK
883
2.8
UK
903
2.9
England
758
2.8
England
768
2.9
North East
45
3.7
North East
34
2.8
North West
67
2.0
North West
102
3.0
Yorkshire and The Humber
63
2.5
Yorkshire and The Humber
87
3.4
East Midlands
75
3.4
East Midlands
83
3.6
West Midlands
72
2.7
West Midlands
79
3.0
East of England
83
2.7
East of England
72
2.4
London
117
2.5
London
95
2.1
South East
136
3.0
South East
127
2.8
South West
100
3.6
South West
90
3.3
Wales
46
3.2
Wales
42
2.9
Scotland
71
2.7
Scotland
78
3.0
   Northern Ireland
8
1.0
   Northern Ireland
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