Conditions of Employment

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of non-zero-hour contracts on the flexibility of the workforce.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

While no assessment has been made of the effect of non-zero hours contracts on the flexibility of the work force, flexible working benefits businesses, society and individuals.

Flexible working allows businesses access to a wider pool of skills and talents in the workforce, along with improved recruitment and retention rates, and increased staff morale and productivity.

The social benefit is seen where individuals are able to remain in employment when they are unable to maintain standard working hours or patterns of work. This supports the economy and reduces the number of people dependent on the state.

Individuals who are parents and carers are able to spend more time with their children and relatives alongside work and individuals are able to get more involved in community projects when they are able to adapt their work patterns.

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