Zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts are also known as casual contracts. Zero-hours contracts are usually for ‘piece work’ or ‘on call’ work, for example for interpreters.

This means:

  • they are on call to work when you need them
  • you do not have to give them work
  • they do not have to do work when asked

Zero-hours workers are entitled to statutory annual leave and the National Minimum Wage in the same way as regular workers.

You cannot do anything to stop a zero-hours worker from getting work elsewhere. The law says they can ignore a clause in their contract if it bans them from:

  • looking for work
  • accepting work from another employer

You are still responsible for health and safety of staff on zero-hours contracts.