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IN NUMBERS: Fewer islanders working zero-hour contracts

IN NUMBERS: Fewer islanders working zero-hour contracts

Monday 08 April 2024

IN NUMBERS: Fewer islanders working zero-hour contracts

Monday 08 April 2024

The number of islanders employed on zero-hour contracts saw an annual decrease last year, according to new data.

The figures were published in the latest report on employment statistics published by Statistics Jersey which featured data from June 2022 to June 2023.

The new data showed that 3,770 people were employed on a zero-hour contract as of June 2023 – an annual decrease of 130.

A zero-hour contract is a type of employment whereby the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum number of working hours.

Of those employed on zero-hour contracts, around two-thirds held jobs within education and health as well as hotels, restaurants, bars and "miscellaneous" roles.

A total of 48,250 people were employed full-time in their main job in June 2023, which was an annual increase of 710 from June 2022.

The number of part-time workers also increased by 480 to a total of 5,630.


Pictured: The bulk of zero-hour contracts were attributed to jobs in health, education and hospitality.

The data comes less than a year after a report on a study by the Jersey Employment Forum found that those on zero-hour contracts needed to be made more aware of their employment rights.

This includes the terms and conditions under which they are employed, as well as their associated statutory rights.

"Employers and their representative organisations should take steps to ensure that employees have direct access to information and sources of help and advice, whether that be through a trade union, a statutory advisory body such as the JACS or another civil society advice hub," the report stated.

"The Forum also encourages the government to consider whether, and if so, what, further steps it can take to ensure employees have the necessary information tools to enforce their employment rights and employers have the support they need to ensure compliance with the Employment Law."


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