New analysis has found that one in every twelve young people in Scotland are on a zero hours’ contract. This means that young people under 25 are four times more likely to be in insecure work than working-aged adults between 25 and 64.
Holyrood researchers estimate that around 26,000 people under 25 are on these insecure, zero-hours contracts. This number is potentially even higher because the official data is based on self-reporting which relies on people knowing what type of contract they are on.
“This is bad news for young people. Our economy isn’t working and more and more people under 25 are likely to be stuck in insecure, low paid work.
“This exploitation of young workers must end. It is time the SNP removed zero hours’ jobs as an example of a ‘positive destination’ for school leavers. An insecure contract is not a positive destination and this number-spinning tactic has had its time.
“A Labour government would ban zero hours’ contracts and drive up working conditions in Scotland and across the UK