UK Accounting Glossary
A zero-hour contract is an employment contract whereby an employee is not guaranteed any fixed working hours.
A zero-hour contract is an employment contract whereby an employee is not guaranteed any fixed working hours; the employer isn’t obliged to offer a minimum amount of work and the employee is only re-numerated for the time she or he actually works.
These contracts were typically associated with industries where labour was required at short notice, (catering or care work), but has now spread to many other areas.
Concerns have been raised about uncertainty in regards to income alongside a possible lack of employments rights that these contracts provide to workers, particularly those that allow employers to offer shifts entirely at their discretion but oblige employee’s to take whatever work is offered.
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This glossary post was last updated: 4th May 2019.