New statistics released today have shown an increase in the number of Londoners on controversial zero-hour contracts. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows the number of Londoners on zero-hour contracts has risen by 18,000 since the same October to December period in 2014, meaning there are now 95,000 workers in the capital without guaranteed hours. The data also shows that 2.2% of London’s workforce are now employed on zero hour contracts, up 0.4% from 1.8% on the same period the year previous.
Whilst the data doesn’t show the number of zero hour contracts which include exclusivity clauses preventing workers from also taking jobs elsewhere, ONS analysis showed that over a quarter, 27%, or those on zero hour contracts who were surveyed said they wanted more hours in their current job or an additional job elsewhere.
Labour’s London Assembly Economy Spokesperson Dr Fiona Twycross AM said:
“The rise in the number of zero hour contracts is deeply worrying. Whilst they work for some people, many workers are actively seeking more hours or extra job to make ends meet. The uncertainty of zero-hour contracts isn’t just bad for employees, it undermines the London economy by reducing training and upskilling and entrenches low pay.
“Workers need protections put in place to guarantee at least a basic income from their job; not wildly fluctuating hours which leave them in limbo from week to week.”