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Zero-hours contracts hit record high

More people than ever are now on zero-hours contracts (ZHCs), according to the latest figures.

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New figures based on an analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reveal that 910,000 people are now working on ZHCs – 105,000 more people compared with the same period in 2015.


The figure represents an increase of nearly 14% – 30% higher than 2014.


There were just 100,000 people on ZHCs in 2005.


However, although the new figure represents a record high, analysis also reveals a sharp slowing in the rate of increase in the latter six months of 2016.


Conor D’Arcy, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, which undertook the analysis of the ONS’s Labour Force Survey, said:


“It’s notable that the increase of 0.8% in the second half of 2016 compares to a 7.7% rise over the same period in 2015.


“Ever since ZHCs hit the headlines the numbers have increased sharply every six months. The latest figures bring this run to an end.”

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