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Business groups defend zero hours contracts

Business groups have defended the use of zero hours contracts saying they “save the UK from Eurozone levels of unemployment”.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) and Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said the flexibility zero hours contracts offer companies is beneficial to the UK economy, according to The Telegraph.

The news comes as the Office for National Statistics showed that 697,000 people, or 2.3% of the workforce, are on zero hours contracts.

Christian May of the IoD said: “For hundreds of thousands of workers and employers these contracts represent an extremely attractive proposition. A flexible labour market, of which zero hours contracts are a vital component, has protected the UK from European levels of unemployment. The alternative is a rigid labour market and high unemployment.”

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