Scottish Borders Council zero-hours contract numbers cut

The number of staff employed by Scottish Borders Council on zero-hours contracts has fallen by more than half over the last five years.

A Freedom of Information response has revealed that on 31 March this year 34 staff were employed under such terms.

The figure stood at 73 people in 2010, and has fallen every year since then.

Zero-hours contracts allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work. They mean employees work only when they are needed by employers.

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