Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary says, “Zero hours contracts are valued by many employers and individuals who want flexibility in the hours they work, such as students, people with caring responsibilities, and those who want to partially retire.
“However, historically, there has also been some abuse in these types of contracts. That is why I am taking legislation through parliament at the moment to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts which prevent people looking for additional work to boost their income.
“Today’s figures show that there has been an increase in the number of people who say they are on a zero hours contract.
“One of the reasons for this rise is that people are becoming more aware of their contractual status with their employer.
“We want to make sure that people who are on zero hours contracts get a fair deal.
“This is something I welcome, and would urge people to clarify their position with their employer so that they are fully aware of their rights.”
Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham says, "I don't like zero hours contracts. I think there are too many employers that abuse them so they don't have to pay holiday pay etc. The changes proposed by Vince Cable are a good start to reforming zero hours contracts something the previous Labour Government didn't do."