Zero Hours Contract

Zero Hours Contract: Are you for them or Against them

This essay provides a detailed description of what a zero-hour contract is and its effects on our society. A zero-hour contract is a contract between an employer and an employee where the worker is not obliged to accept the work and the employer is not obliged to provide minimum working hours. Zero-hour contract is also known as casual contracts and are usually for “piece work” or “on call” work. Zero-hour contract is not a legal term. The CIPD labor market survey (2013) elaborates it as,” an arrangement between two parties that one may be asked to perform work for other but is no set minimum number of hours…”
The results from May 2017 survey of businesses indicate that there were 1.4 million contracts that did not guarantee a minimum number of hours (Office of National Statistics). Basically, employer that accept zero hour contracts hour could call their workers for whatever they need. It is beneficial for the employers but for employees it causes uncertainty in their income. This may also cause distress in employees because of the short notices of work.