Review of zero hours

THE government has revealed it has no plans to abolish the use of the controversial zero-hours contracts.

THE government has revealed it has no plans to abolish the use of the controversial zero-hours contracts.

Official figures published in 2013 show a sharp rise in recent years with 583,000 employees in the UK on zero-hours contracts.

Business Secretary Vince Cable has ruled out a complete ban, saying they offer employers "welcome flexibility". Recent evidence also suggests that many employees are happy to be on such contracts.

The government has argued that zero-hour contracts can be useful and work well for some businesses but admitted there are some problems associated with their use. This includes the use of exclusivity clauses preventing the employee from working with another employer during any periods where work is not being offered.

Mr Cable confirmed that the use of exclusivity clauses will be looked at along with whether individuals need more information about their rights under such contracts.