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Conditions of Employment

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Pamela Nash Pamela Nash Labour, Airdrie and Shotts

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 93W, on conditions of employment, how many people in his Department were employed on zero hours contracts in each of the last three years.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The number of staff employed on zero-hour contracts in the Ministry of Justice (Ministry of Justice HQ, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, National Offender Management Service and the Office of the Public Guardian) in each of the last three financial years is set out in the following table.

As at 1 April to 31 March each year Total cumulative staff number
2010-11 238
2011-12 218
2012-13 172

The use of zero-hour contracts enables greater flexibility where work is irregular, thereby making more efficient use of resources to meet demand. The staff are only paid for the hours that they work.

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