NORTH-EAST England bears the brunt of zero-hours contracts as the number of insecure posts grows at an alarming rate, research by a regional TUC group revealed yesterday.
Two out of three new jobs created in the area since 2011 have been in insecure work, the study by the Newcastle-based Northern region TUC found.
The analysis shows that between 2011 and 2016 employment in the region grew by 60,000 and that 40,000 of these are on zero hours — work without guaranteed hours or employment rights.
It estimates that 124,000 people now work in insecure jobs in the region — up from 84,000 in 2011.
TUC regional secretary Beth Farhat said: “Insecure working in north-east England has shot up in recent years.
“People need jobs they can live on. But if you don’t know how much work you will have from one day to the next, making ends meet can be a nightmare.
“We need to keep the pressure up on government to improve protections for working people. Every day unions expose bad working conditions and win important victories for workers across the country.”