What are the downsides of a zero hours contract?

What are the downsides of a zero hours contract?

Zero hours contracts benefit some people but this isn’t the case for everyone.  

The biggest issue is that zero hour contracts don’t offer the same security of hours that fixed hour contracts offer.

With a zero hour contract the minimum number of hours an employer can offer you each week is zero.

Not having a fixed number of hours can make things like budgeting or planning your free time difficult. It also means you might not get the number of hours you want or need. You'll also have less legal protection if you are on a zero hours contract, in the same way you don't have to give notice to resign your employer doesn't need to give you any notice either.

Zero hour contracts are beneficial when they are used in the correct way and benefit the employee by giving them flexibility. However, if you work the same number of hours weekly and don't work multiple jobs then a fix hour contract is probably better for you.

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*Data used in this blog post is from 13th January 2023

Published on 13 January 2023