In the UK, over 880,000 people are on a zero hour contract, but there seems to be some confusion over what actually constitutes a zero hour contract and whether they are actually beneficial to the employees on them.

According to the National Office of Statistics, there is no single agreed definition of what zero hour contracts are, while gov.uk says that zero hour contracts mean employers can have workers who are on call when they need them – they don’t have to give them work and the employee doesn’t have to do work when asked. Zero hour workers are entitled to statutory annual leave and the National Minimum Wage in the same way as regular workers.

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