Sports Direct’s Derbyshire warehouse. Zero-hours contracts are widely used in the retail, leisure and care industries [Image: Joe Giddens/PA].

Those of us who read (and write) Vox Political knew zero-hours work was a profit-boosting dodge for employers. This is not news.

But it is entirely possible that the Resolution Foundation’s findings will come as a complete surprise to many of our friends, insulated from the real world as they are by a constant diet of Daily Mail and BBC news.

Ask them how they would like being cheated out of £1,000 a year, in a rip-off by their bosses.

Workers on zero-hours contracts lose an estimated £1,000 a year compared with employees doing the same work, according to a study that underscores the divide between people in precarious jobs and those who have a permanent contract.

The Resolution Foundation said all workers who find themselves without a permanent, full-time role lose out in terms of wages, but people hired on zero-hours contracts suffer the biggest financial punishment.

The thinktank said its research showed that workers on zero-hours contracts faced a “precarious pay penalty” compared with other workers doing similar jobs.

Source: Zero-hours workers ‘£1,000 worse off a year’ than employees | UK news | The Guardian

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