Share of employees on zero-hours contracts in the United Kingdom 2000-2019

This statistic shows the share of all employees in the United Kingdom (UK) who were on a zero-hour contract from 2000 to 2019. There was significant growth in the percentage of people on zero-hour contracts between 2012 and 2016, from 0.8 percent to 2.9 percent. By 2019, there was a 0.2 percent decrease from the 2016 peak, with 2.7 percent of employees on zero-hours contracts.

Share of all employees working on a zero-hours contract in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Age group

16 years and older

Supplementary notes

Selected periods: October to December in each year up to 2014, April to June for 2014 to 2018.
It should be noted that responses to the Labour Force Survey can be affected by whether or not respondents recognize the term “zero-hours contract”. Although the latest figure is higher than previous figures, it is not possible to say how much of this increase is due to greater recognition of the term “zero-hours contracts” rather than new contracts.

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