Zero-hours contracts should not be banned

Len Shackleton is quoted in the Independent

 

Professor Len Shackleton, an economics fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank, wrote in a blog post that: “Zero-hours contracts are not ideal, and not for everyone.”

But he added: “They are an important element in offering job opportunities to some groups who would not be able to work regular hours, they offer useful work experience to young people, and their growth has helped keep unemployment down in the UK at a time when most other European countries are seeing appalling levels of joblessness.

“The government would be unwise to give in to those calling for an outright ban,” he said.

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