It’s a sad day for the UK when a prime minister tells us pushing hundreds of thousands of people into the most insecure and uncertain work possible is a major success.

The number of workers on a zero-hours contract has soared by 477 per cent under David Cameron, according to the Office for National Statistics. Here’s the graph, courtesy of Eoin Clarke on Twitter:
160309zero-hours1That’s right – 801,000 people are now languishing in the uncertainty of a scheme in which they don’t know when they’ll be asked to work and won’t be paid if they aren’t.

The new figures replace those which were summed up very well in the following image:
160309zero-hours2The total number of zero-hours contracts in November last year (the latest date for which the ONS has figures) was 1.7 million – an increase of 0.3 million on those in the infographic – but a drop of 0.4 million from its May 2015 high (although the difference may be due to seasonal factors).

It’s a stark contrast with the situation in New Zealand, where this has happened:
160309zero-hours3We’ll never see that happen under the Conservative Party.

Under Labour, we just might.

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