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One in Four Adults Offered Zero Hours Contracts

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One in Four Adults Offered Zero Hours Contracts

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New research from Glassdoor, reveals that almost one in four (23 per cent) unemployed adults surveyed in the UK has been offered a zero hours contract.

However, it seems there is a strong reluctance to accept employment under the terms of zero hours contracts as almost half (47 per cent) of people surveyed who had been offered a job on this basis have turned it down.

As ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) notes, these contracts mean employees work only when they are needed and pay depends on how many hours they work. At the start of the year, ONS reported that there are just under 700,000 people in the UK on zero hours contracts.

The main reasons cited for rejecting zero hours contracts were:

* The need to receive a guaranteed level of income in order to stop receiving benefits

* Lack of trust towards employers offering this type of contract

* Dissatisfaction with the irregular working hours these contract offer

* The negative press coverage about them

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The latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI) shows small business confidence cooling. …

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