Jersey zero-hour contracts survey 'may not be accurate'

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A survey in Jersey into the use of contracts that do not guarantee work may not be accurate, a union has said.

The States Statistics Unit is asking businesses how many people they employ on zero-hour contracts following concerns workers could be exploited.

Nick Corbel of the Unite union said the data could be skewed because all businesses did not have to respond.

The Statistics Unit said it hoped to produce "statistically robust results" by the end of the year.

Recruitment agencies

Mr Corbel said the government was also employing people on zero-hours terms, throwing into question the survey's potential to make a difference.

However, when answering questions last month about the Statistics Unit survey, social security minister Francis Le Gresley said his department "did not currently directly employ any staff on zero-hour contracts".

But he added it did use recruitment agencies to supply temporary staff and they "typically use zero-hour contracts for the staff they supply to the department".

He said those contractual arrangements were a matter for the agencies and the individual.

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