Analysis and action on living standards
Entering employment, acquiring new skills and progressing up the pay ladder are important steps in many people’s lives, and essential for improving their living standards. But changes in the labour market, educational opportunities and the wider economy mean that different generations face different work and pay-related challenges, shifting across the life course.
The share of workers on zero-hours contracts, which offer no guaranteed hours of work from week to week, rose rapidly after 2012. This was partly due to a media-induced increase in awareness of this way of working. But there is strong evidence that a genuine rise since the financial crisis underlies these trends. The data in this section shows how rates of zero-hours contract working have evolved over time, and for different age groups and cohorts.
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‘All ages’ refers to those aged 16-64.
RF analysis of ONS, Quarterly Labour Force Survey
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