Should Zero Hours Contracts be Renamed?


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Zero hours contracts have attracted a lot of media attention in the last 12 months.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has suggested that they should be renamed “flexible hours contracts”. His reason for this suggestion is because he feels that they enable employees to maintain a good work life balance.

However, much of the criticism of zero hours contracts stems from the fact that employees have no guaranteed hours of work and so cannot be expected to live off such a contract.

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP’s response to the suggestion of renaming zero hours contracts was that it was a way of “trying to dress up insecurity as flexibility”.