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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
 
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gov.uk
Annex A 
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R2420
 
Date: 30 June   2015
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Trudy Baddams, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 15 June 2015. You 
asked:  
 
“How many zero hour contract jobs were taken up in 2014” 
 
In response to your question, there is no data available on how many zero hours contracts jobs 
were taken up in 2014. Statistical information on zero-hours contracts is the responsibility of 
the Office for National Statistics. The ONS currently only publishes estimates for the number of 
people employed on a zero-hours contract and the number of contracts that do not guarantee 
a minimum number of hours. The first measure, based on the Labour Force Survey, suggests 
that in Quarter 4 of 2014 (October – December 2014), 697,000 people were employed on a 
zero hours contract in their main job, representing 2.3% of all people in employment. The 
second measure, based on an ONS survey of businesses, suggests that, for the fortnight 
beginning 11 August 2014, there were a total of 1.8 million zero-hours contracts. The two 
estimates  should not be directly compared. They cover different times of year so differences in 
the numbers may reflect seasonal factors. The difference between the two surveys will also 
partly be accounted for by people who have more than one “zero-hours contract” with different 
employers or who have a “zero-hours contract” to supplement their main employment. 
 
Further details on zero-hours contracts can be found on the ONS website: 
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lmac/contracts-with-no-guaranteed-hours/zero-hour-contracts--
2014/index.html  
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 

 
 
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