“Working on a zero-hours contract made me feel exhausted and negatively affected my mental health.”
This statement comes from a former theme park worker, but is a typical view of the estimated five million UK people with no job security.
Now some zero-hours contract workers are set to be offered greater security under a new Living Hours programme.
It will require organisations to pay the Living Wage and give workers with at least four weeks’ notice of shifts.
Under the programme – created by charity The Living Wage Foundation – workers will also get a contract that accurately reflects hours worked, and a guaranteed minimum of 16 hours a week.
Commitments to the programme have already been made by major Living Wage employers including Richer Sounds, SSE and Standard Life