- Zero hour contracts are useful for employers in that they provide flexibility and can provide flexibility for those workers who want it.
- However, the flexibility they offer comes at the expense of security for employees, particularly for those with families.
- Employers also need to be careful not to assume that zero hour contracts confer no rights.
- Very few are proposing an outright ban because it is widely recognised that, properly used, zero hour contracts can benefits both employers and workers.
- It is the unscrupulous use of such contracts which will continue to generate controversy and political debate.
Simon Bond of Higgs and Sons LLP