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APSCo Responds to CIPD Zero Hours Contracts Research

APSCo Responds to CIPD  Zero Hours Contracts Research

Following the release of a research report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on zero hours contracts which found that only 14% of workers were provided with insufficient hours each week, Sam Hurley Head of External Relations at The Association for Professional Staffing Companies  (APSCo) comments:

“While zero hours contracts are unusual in the professional recruitment sector, it has to be remembered that a large number of people working on flexible contracts is not necessarily a bad thing in itself as long as vulnerable workers are not being exploited.  This type of contract can be a relevant model providing opportunities to people who may not otherwise get access to work. However,  there does need to be a balance between the 14% of workers cited in the CIPD report who said that their employer fails to provide them with sufficient hours - and flexibility for employers.”

Just last month, Business Secretary Vince Cable ordered a review of zero hours contracts and APSCo welcomed the move – particularly the  government’s ambition to better understand the nature of demand in the flexible labour market.

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