The news that there are 307,000 people working in the care sector on zero contracts will come as little surprise to many residents of Eastbourne.
The myriad of care companies seem to regularly use this exploitative form of contract which offers little job security, putting the care workers at the beck and call of the employer. They can have work but may not, however, they must always be ready to take on the work if offered.
Staff generally put up with this form of contract, since they have little choice. However, would it not be better to treat the staff doing this vital work better, giving them salaried jobs, paying a living wage with regular hours guaranteed, holidays and sick leave.