Zero-hours contracts: rules give workers more choice

Employers are to be banned from stopping staff with zero-hours contracts seeking extra work elsewhere.

“Unscrupulous” firms had abused the flexibility offered by the contracts, according to Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Unions and campaign groups have been pressing for zero-hours contracts – under which employees’ hours are not guaranteed – to be banned.

However Mr Cable said they had a place in the labour market and offered work to students and older people.

“For many workers this is a perfectly sensible arrangement. But a lot of people on the contracts aren’t sure what their rights are and we want to make them [zero hour contracts] more transparent so people know what their rights are,” said Mr Cable on BBC’s Radio 4.