Right to Fixed-Hour Contracts

Policy or Initiative Description

Government should implement a right for workers on a zero-hour contract to request a fixed-hour contract after a certain period of time. This would provide workers a consistent set of hours, beginning, for instance, at the average weekly hours worked over the past 12 months. Such a policy would provide workers better income security and allow them to better plan for their future.


In 2015 McDonald's ran a trial which gave its 115,000-person UK workforce the option of remaining on zero-hour contracts or switching to fixed-hour contracts. While most chose to remain on zero-hour contracts, employees with a desire for greater stability were reportedly satisfied at having been given the option.


Ruddick, Graham. “McDonald’s Offer Staff the Chance to Get off Zero-Hours Contracts.” The Guardian, April 15, 2016



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