Cautious optimism over fixed hours for zero-hours contracts workers

By Liam Coleman contact

- Last updated on GMT

Ongoing review: fixed hours request may be possible for zero-hours contracts staff
Ongoing review: fixed hours request may be possible for zero-hours contracts staff

Related tags: Zero-hours contracts, Trade union

A Government-commissioned inquiry that recommends employees on zero-hours contracts are given a right to request fixed hours has been given a cautious welcome by one trade body.

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive Kate Nicholls said it was important “such arrangements are not misused”, following the review​, which is expected to be published in the summer, is believed to include the fixed hours recommendation.

“In many cases, flexible working is employee-driven, so this suggests that zero-hours contracts do have a positive role to play.

“Any provision that gives employees a right to request guaranteed hours would be welcome as long as it remains a request,” Nicholls added.

Following JDW’s lead

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) took the step last year​ to offer all its employees guaranteed hours contracts, and the managed operator said the majority of employees had accepted this offer.

At the time, Trade Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady said the success of JDW proved business could be successful without zero-hours contracts.

‘Not a straightforward picture’

However, Brigid Simmonds of the British Beer & Pub Association said the trade body would wait to examine the report after the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was not able to confirm if the recommendation would be included in the review when approached by The Morning Advertiser​.

“Many employees value the flexibility they can gain from being on a zero-hours contract, so it is not a straightforward picture,” Simmonds said. 

Related topics: Training, JD Wetherspoon, Legislation

Related news


Follow us

Pub Trade Guides

View more

The MA Lock In Podcast

Join us for a Lock In


Subscribe to The Morning Advertiser

The definitive voice for the pub trade

Get the latest news, analysis and insights from the uk pub sector straight to your inbox!