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20 September 2017

Zero-hour contracts down by 300,000

The number of contracted workers that are not guaranteed a minimum number of hours has fallen by 300,000 over the last 12 months, according to official figures.

The number of controversial zero-hour contracts has fallen to 1.4 million in May, compared with 1.7 million a year previous.

Responding to the figures, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady says the new figure is still too high, adding: "While it's good that some employers have ditched them as a result of union campaigning, let's not pretend that life at the sharp end has become easier overnight.

"One in 10 UK workers remain in insecure jobs. The spread of low-paid self-employment, agency work and short-hours contracts mean millions are struggling to get by."

Although there has been a significant drop in insecure work contracts, zero-hour contracts as a share of total contracts remains unchanged at 5%.

The figures have been compiled from survey results from British businesses.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says people on zero-hours contracts are more likely to be young, part-time, female or in full-time education.

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