Number of workers on zero-hours contracts drops to three-year low

Data suggests break in trend for employing staff without guaranteed minimum hours, a practice that has been heavily criticised

The number of people on zero-hours contracts in the UK has fallen to its lowest level in more than three years, as companies appear to be moving away from employing staff without guaranteed working hours.

There were an estimated 1.4m contracts that did not guarantee a minimum number of hours in May, down from 1.7m in the same month a year ago, and the lowest since January 2014, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday.

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