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744,442 Workers On Zero Hours

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Numbers On Zero Hours Contracts In UK Grows By 47,323 To 744,442 In Six Months

The deal employers are offering workers is seriously decreased while workers often have little alternative but to accept what is on offer but workers are fighting back says GMB.

GMB commented on the latest ONS figures on contracts with no guaranteed hours - zero hour contracts -  for April to June 2015. See notes to editors for new figures compared with data for October to December 2014 by region.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “The numbers of workers each week that have no guaranteed hours of work has grown by 47,323 to 744,442 in a six months period.

All across the economy the deal employers are offering workers is seriously decreased while workers often have little alternative but to accept what is on offer but workers are fighting back.

One example is at the ASOS depot in Barnsley where GMB members are campaigning for fixed hours. Another is the kitchens at Staverton Park Hotel near Daventry owned by the De Vere Group.  GMB had to fight for permanent hours contracts for some of them who were on zero hour contracts for nearly four years. We have had similar problems with zero hours at Marks and Spencer depot in Swindon where members employed by an agency are campaigning for parity with permanent staff on fixed hours.”

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Contact: Deanne Ferguson or Tim Roache 07961 719 545 for Barnsley 07850919933 or 0345 337 7777 or Carolle Vallelley for Swindon  07912 181476  or Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or Martin Smith 07974 251 722 or Lisa Johnson 07900 392228  or GMB press office 07921 289880  

Notes to editors

Level and rate of people on zero-hours contracts, by region

   

October to December, 2014 - April to June, 2015

     
 

UK, not seasonally adjusted

 

October to December, 2014

April to June, 2015

 
 

In employment on

a zero hour contract

(thousands)

Percent of people in employment

on a zero hour contract

In employment

on a zero hours contract

(thousands)

Per cent of people in

employment

on a zero hours contract

change

UK

697,119

2.3

744,442

2.4

47,323

England

597,527

2.3

644,767

2.5

47,240

North East

27,654

2.3

30,452

2.6

2,798

North West

77,467

2.3

87,960

2.7

10,492

Yorkshire and The Humber

59,458

2.4

52,873

2.1

-6,586

East Midlands

48,462

2.1

64,965

2.9

16,503

West Midlands

67,440

2.6

78,932

3.1

11,492

East of England

70,220

2.4

63,911

2.2

-6,308

London

76,709

1.8

95,899

2.2

19,189

South East

97,302

2.2

95,316

2.2

-1,986

South West

72,813

2.8

74,460

2.8

1,646

Wales

34,798

2.5

40,418

2.8

5,620

Scotland

60,084

2.3

50,566

1.9

-9,518

Northern Ireland

-

-

-

-

 
   

Source: ONS Labour Force Survey

     
             
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