There has been a lot of coverage in the press recently around zero-hour contracts, most of it negative. We hear how they are used by business to exploit their workforce, how they lead to uncertainty over pay and distort employment figures. There are even calls for them to be banned.
I’m going to stick my neck out here and make a clear statement. Zero-hour contracts, in themselves, are not a bad thing. It is their misuse that causes the problems.
Let’s look at the pros and cons.