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Zero hours staff £300 a week worse off

By Alan Jones

Workers on zero-hours contracts earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees, according to a new report.

A study by the TUC showed that average weekly earnings for zero-hours workers are £188, compared to £479 for people on permanent contracts.

The union organisation said its research also revealed that zero-hours workers are five times more likely not to qualify for statutory sick pay than permanent workers as a result of their lower level of take-home pay.

Two-fifths of zero-hours workers earn less than £111 a week - the qualifying threshold for statutory sick pay - compared to one in 12 permanent employees, said the report, published to mark the start of the TUC's Decent Jobs Week. The TUC said its campaign was aimed at drawing attention to the millions of people "trapped" on low pay and insecure work.

The study of official data from the Labour Force Survey found that one in three people on a zero-hours contract had no regular income, often with differing amounts of weekly pay compared to staff with other kinds of work.

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