What is a zero-hours contract and what are my rights?


If you have other commitments in your life (e.g. sometimes you are required to look after grandchildren or you’d just like more of a work-life balance), then a zero-hours contract can be an appealing option. You can take on work as and when it comes available, but you don’t have to – which makes it much easier to fit work around your personal life rather than the other way around.

No commitment

If you’ve always been committed to long hours in high-pressure roles, then it’s understandable that you may have reached the stage where you’d prefer to take on a more casual role that will give you time to focus on other areas of your life. A zero-hours contract doesn’t force you to commit to any hours at all which can put you back in control of your work-life balance.

Multiple jobs

It’s a great way to pack in the hours as they become available whilst still giving you the option to work elsewhere. Because people on zero-hours contracts aren’t committed to a certain amount of hours, they’re allowed to work in different jobs to boost their income or simply enjoy a bit of variety. It’s worth noting that some employers did use to have exclusivity clauses in their contracts which quite rightly became deemed unfair in 2015 and are no longer enforceable.

Improve your CV

Even if you’d prefer to be an ‘employee’ working in a part or full-time position, it can sometimes still make sense to take on a zero-hours contract in the interim. All experience can be used to your advantage, especially on your CV – and it’s still a great opportunity to potentially learn some new skills and stay active in your community. Additionally, because you’re not committed to any set hours, you should also have no issues taking time off for future interviews and it could also avoid having to explain prolonged periods of unemployment to prospective employers.

May lead to permanent work

While your contract may start off as zero-hours, once you get your foot in the door and start networking, you’ll be in the right place to keep an eye out for any part-time and full-time roles that become available. If you do a good job, there’s also a chance that you may be rewarded with a part-time or full-time contract in your zero-hours role.

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