Countdown to zero-hour contract change?
As many of you will know, a zero-hour contract is a type of contract under which an employer does not guarantee the employee a fixed number of hours per week.
These types of contracts have become increasingly popular in a struggling economy where many employers, particularly in the care and hospitality sectors, attempt to find a more cost effective way of dealing with staff. In many cases, this contract works well for employees too, giving them flexibility.
However, there is also the potential for employees to be exploited and all could be about to change as Vince Cable has ordered a review of zero hour contracts.
Although it is unlikely that, despite calls from Unions for this type of contract to be scrapped, we will see the end of the zero hour contract, they are likely to be made more employee friendly and offer more protection.