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Zero Hour Contract Employment
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:29:45 PM »

Hi, I need some help.

I was working for The Royal Mail at Christmas 2012 for 8 weeks working a night shift. It wasn't very sociable as I expected, it was a night shift afterall. I enjoyed it as it was very easy work and even a NMW job for 5-6 days a week at £250 - £300 was brilliant to me. I was doing many hours but earning a wage I was satisfied with. As I had previously spent time at college and on Job Seekers Allowance.

The employment ended mid January and it was back to the Job Centre. A week later I randomly received a message asking if I would like to do a shift at the exact same place but this time through Reed. I was offered 4 days on the same shift time the week later. So I received a contract from Angard Staffing and I was alarmed at the zero hour contract thing. When I phoned the Job Centre she said that I must accept the position and sign off as I would be working over 16 hours. Then I was told that you could still sign on if you didn't earn over £40 a week.

The thing is since that 4 days I've only been getting the odd day here and there. On average 1 shift per week. 1 shift per week means I come out with £45. That £45 goes down to £40 from the bus fare. I also spend a lot of time ringing the numbers only to be told the line is busy. This happens quite a lot in the day. In my last phone bill it was £22 up from what I usually pay. I was being charged for each call I made. 

I have been applying for loads of jobs ranging from apprenticeships to agency to temporary etc. Desperately hoping I can get something else, so far nothing. I was getting £56 from the Job Centre per week. Yes, I know it's nothing, but it's better than what I'm getting. I may not have the added pressure to find work from the Job Centre but I'm not earning anything and I'm struggling as a result.

Is there anything I can do that can aid me?


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Re: Zero Hour Contract Employment
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2013, 10:25:37 AM »
It sounds like you're doing everything that you can at the moment, continuing to look for work while you are employed.  You could speak to your supervisor about your contract and hours just to see whether there are additional hours you can work, but you are one of many 'flexible' workers on a zero hour contract.  Employers like to work in this way so they can have people on hand whenever they need you.  It's frustrating, I know!

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