Belfast Telegraph

3.5 million to be 'stuck in insecure work' by 2022 - report

The number of people "trapped " in insecure work could rise by 290,000 by 2022 if current trends continue, a report says.

A study by the TUC showed that 3.5 million people could be on zero-hours contracts, in temporary or agency work, or in low-paid self-employment in the next five years.

General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "MPs aren't the only ones feeling insecure in their jobs right now. If nothing changes, hundreds of thousands more Brits could be stuck in insecure work, being treated like disposable labour.

"Paying rent and bills can be a nightmare when you don't know how much you've got coming in each month, and planning childcare is impossible when you're constantly at the beck and call of employers.

"The next government will need to tackle this problem head-on. Every party manifesto must have real commitments to crack down on zero-hours contracts and bogus self-employment, and agency workers should always get the going rate for the job."

Previous TUC research found that workers on zero-hours contracts earn a third less per hour than the average worker.

The TUC also found that insecure work costs the Treasury £4 billion a year in lost income tax and National Insurance contributions, along with extra benefits and tax credits.