The number of workers on zero-hours contracts has risen 15% to 801,000, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
At present 2.5% of the UK’s workforce are employed under the controversial terms, and the number of zero-hours contracts stands at 1.7 million.
Fewer retailers used zero-hours in November 2015 than in May 2015. In May, 10% of retailers used the terms while in November that figure was around 8%. The ONS added however that these figures could be affected by seasonal issues.
The ONS said that women, young people and those in full-time education were more likely to be on zero-hours contracts.
Zero-hours workers clock up an average 26 hours per week. More than one-third (37%) of zero-hours workers want more hours, compared to 10% of the overall working population. Most want more hours in the current role, as opposed to more hours in a new role.
The total number of zero-hours contracts and the percentage of overall contracts that are zero-hours has stayed relatively static from January 2014 until now.
However the percentage of business making “some use” of the contracts shrunk from 13% in January 2014 to 10% in November 2015. In August 2014, January 2015 and May 2015 that figure was at 11%, demonstrating a gradual decrease over nearly two years.