Commenting on new analysis published today by the Office for National Statistics showing the number of zero-hour contract jobs is higher than previously thought, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy, Rights and Advocacy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:
“It’s not enough to look at how much the economy is growing, we need to look at how the economy is changing too. We need a recovery all can share in and which isn’t built on the backs of more working families stuck in low pay or the insecurity of zero-hour contracts.
“The growth in zero-hour contracts is part of the reason why two-thirds of children below the poverty line are in homes with work. We need a higher standard of jobs if work is to be the guaranteed route out of poverty it should be.
“The ONS say there’s a clear pattern which sectors and types of employer are the worst offenders, so the government should consider firm action in its new child poverty strategy to help them mend their ways.”
Notes to Editors
- The new analysis from the Office for National Statistics can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lmac/contracts-with-no-guaranteed-hours/zero-hours-contracts/index.html
- CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
- CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.
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