New data obtained from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) by Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP reveals that the number of employees on zero-hours contracts has increased more than threefold since 2010 and is more than double what the government has recently claimed.
The newly-revised estimate, based on the ONS’ Labour Force Survey, shows that there are 583,000 people currently employed on zero-hours contracts, up from 183,000 in 2010.
Commenting on these figures Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, said:
“Under David Cameron people at work have been hit by rising job insecurity as zero-hours contracts – once a type of contract that was once privy to a niche job type – are fast becoming the norm. In many cases full-time public sector jobs are being replaced by multiple part-time, temporary and insecure private sector jobs. In my opinion, it is become a source of backdoor privatisation for many of our public services, and is also artificially inflating job figures. This is the true nature of job creation under the Tory-led Government.
“Whilst I accept that these types of contracts may be suitable for certain types of professionals who enjoy the flexibility, unfortunately for most workers it makes family life impossible to manage and leaves them vulnerable to exploitation.
“I’m very pleased that Labour has committed to tackling the growing exploitative use of zero-hours contracts that provide so much uncertainty for both businesses and employees.”