Zero Hour Contracts

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Dear Durham County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide me with the following information;

1. How many employees were on zero hour contracts in the last five years if any? Also how many employees there were in total on any type of contract?

2. What rights do employees on these contracts have?
For example, are people on these contracts allowed to refuse
shifts? If you have a standard zero hour contract could you please supply that as well.

3. Can we see a summary of the distribution of age, gender and ethnicity within zero hour contracts?

4. Could I have a breakdown of the roles that a zero contract applies to?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Hedley

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council



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Yours sincerely,

The Information Management Team




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Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

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Please find attached our response to your request for information,
received 09-SEPT-13.




The Information Management Team

Durham County Council



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