CIPP response to zero hours contracts

12 March 2014

The CIPP has today submitted its response to the BIS consultation on zero hours contracts. There is unanimous agreement that the current guidance does not help individuals challenge exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts, and that more generally, the government should provide clear and straight forward support and guidance to help both businesses and individuals understand their rights and obligations.

As members are aware, the actual number of workers on zero hours contracts has been open to debate for many months, with various organisations suggesting numbers much higher than the government’s original estimate. The recently released ONS figures double the figure the government had originally predicted, and as a consequence the responses to Vince Cable’s consultation will, we have no doubt, be keenly scrutinised.