The issue of zero-hours contracts hit the headlines this week with business groups on one side citing flexible working opportunities and workers’ unions on the other calling to ban them.
At the start of the week the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) put out data from a survey which revealed there are a million workers on zero-hours contracts - four times higher than official estimates.
These employees are not guaranteed work from one week to the next, and many must be prepared to leave their homes and families to travel across the UK to work at different stores and offices at short notice.
Following the research business secretary Vince Cable said zero-hours contracts are being abused and that he was concerned there was some exploitation of staff.
However it didn’t take long for AccountingWEB members to get involved in the discussion, with the majority...
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