Zero hours contracts negatively impact the health of young workers

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Posted in:HR and Employment|July 17, 2017 | Join the mailing list

According to the UCL Institute of Education, zero hours contracts are having impact on the physical and mental health of young workers.

 A survey of more than 7,700 people living in England, born between 1989 and 1990, found that 25 year olds that were employed on zero hours contracts were 41% less likely to be in good physical condition in comparison to young workers who are permanently employed.

 It was also found that young workers on zero hours contracts were one-and-a-half times more likely to report a mental health issue when compared to permanent colleagues.

The findings suggest the impact on physical and mental health is associated with the stress of having a low-status job.

 The publication of the results follows comments made recently by Matthew Taylor, who is leading the review into modern employment practices. Mr Taylor has called for employers to be charged an increased rate if workers are hired and are expected to work on standby for a certain amount of time. He also suggested zero hours workers should have the right to request be switched to fixed hours.

 To find out more about the issues raised in this post, or to discuss any queries regarding zero hours contracts get in touch with our expert employment team or call +44 (0) 161 829 2599.

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