CIPP response to the consultation on tackling avoidance of the ban on exclusivity clauses in Zero Hours contracts

28 October 2014

The CIPP has submitted its response to the BIS consultation on tackling avoidance of the ban on exclusivity clauses in Zero Hours contracts.

The CIPP Policy team would like to thank all those members who were able to spare the time to respond to our survey. We are very grateful.

The key findings in our response to the survey are as follows:

Half of respondents (51%) feel it is likely or very likely that some employers will try to avoid the ban on exclusivity clauses in Zero Hours contracts.

More than three quarters of these respondents think the most likely way that employers will try to avoid the ban is by offering a minimum number of guaranteed hours.

72% of respondents believe the Government should do more to deal with potential avoidance of this ban, of these respondents 75% believe the Government should take action now.

86% of these respondents believe this should be addressed through legislation.

More than half (57%) of these respondents believe this would best be achieved by the setting of an hours threshold.

51% of respondents believe there should be consequences for those employers who restrict work opportunities to individuals who have accepted work elsewhere, with the majority of these respondents believing this should be through an Employment Tribunal.

In conclusion, the subject of Zero Hours contracts remains emotive and controversial, with some members holding strong views. However, the majority of respondents believe that some employers will try to avoid the ban on exclusivity clauses and the Government should introduce legislation now to minimise the chance of this happening.