Zero contract hours can be brilliant for start-ups and employees who genuinely need the flexibility, but their use as a comfort blanket for mature businesses seems to be changing. Indeed, that's what we’re finding when we discuss general awareness about zero hours contracts and when we advise on the new law banning exclusivity, we often find there is a loss of appetite for them with our larger clients.
McDonald’s is offering UK staff on zero-hours contracts the option of moving to fixed hours in a major development in the debate about employee rights. The fast food chain is one of the biggest users of the contracts in the country, with an estimated 80,000 workers on zero hours, which critics claim exploit workers. Related: Interview: McDonald's UK chief executive Paul Pomroy, the boss of McDonald’s UK, said the company was revamping its employment policy after staff told him they were struggling to get loans, mortgages and mobile phone contracts because they are not guaranteed employment each week. As a result, the company has started offering staff the option of moving to contracts guaranteeing a minimum of four hours a week, 16 hours or 30 hours.