Though the label Zero-Hours Contracts (ZHCs) has been around since the 1990s, it is now used far more widely and has come to refer to any employment in which the employer does not guarantee hours of work. This means that the label covers a great variety of employment forms and practices – many of which have proliferated in recent years. As Adams et al(2015) point out, however, the public and political discourse surrounding ZHCs tends to pivot on an assumption that it constitutes a simple or uniformed category of employment. This has implications for regulation and can, in part, be explained by the paucity of systematic research on the variegated nature of ZHCs and their impacts, particularly within specific sectors of the labour market. My work seeks to address this gap and improve our understanding through two case studies in the Higher Education sector. It is hoped that the findings can make a timely contribution to the debate and assist in providing effective policy solutions to one of the key labour market issues of our time.
Start date:October 2014
Research Topic:Towards an Understanding of Zero-Hours Contracts as a Variegated Phenomenon: Evidence from the UK Higher Education Sector
Research Supervisor:Professor Alan Felstead & Dr Surhan Cam
Supervising school:School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship