Zero-hour contracts in the UK - Statistics & Facts

In recent years the number of people on a zero-hour contract in the United Kingdom has experienced dramatic increases, from 252 thousand employees in 2012 to 744 thousand three years later. Zero-hour contracts are a type of contract between a worker and an employer, whereby, the worker is not obliged to accept any work offered by an employer whom is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours. Recent data shows the distribution of workers with zero-hours contracts in Great Britain equated to 2.8 percent of the entire UK workforce.

Based on figures regarding the number of people on a zero-hour contract by age group, the most common years for such employment were between 16 and 24 years of age. 6.7 percent of all employed young people within this age group had a job with a zero-hours contract. On the authority of a study referencing the share of employed population with zero-hours contracts broken-down by age. Furthermore, a gender breakdown of the number of workers on zero-hour contracts in the UK shows there was a consecutively higher number of women working these jobs.

An industry breakdown of zero-hours contract employee numbers reveals the sector with the largest population of employees on this type of contract work in the of accommodation and food sector, with 172 thousand people employed, this was followed by health and social work. Data on the industry distribution of zero-hours contract workers illustrates that 2 percent of people employed in the education sector are employed with this type of contract.

The occupational distribution of people on a zero-hours contract states that 243 thousand employees working with this type of arrangement were in elementary occupations, whereas there were 64 thousand employed in professional occupations as well as sales and customer service occupations.

Regional figures show that London had the highest and most concentrated number of people working on a zero-hours contract, affecting 96 thousand people. The the distribution of employed population working with a zero-hours contract shows that 2.2 percent of employed people in the UK were working in London on such a contract.

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