Consultation outcome

Zero hours employment contracts

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

We are banning the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts, via a provision in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. See the press release for further information.

The government response to this consultation was published as section 4 of a follow-up consultation, seeking views on the best way to prevent avoidance of the exclusivity clause ban.

Detail of feedback received

The consultation received over 36,000 responses. 83% were in favour of banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contacts.

Original consultation


The government is consulting on the problems identified around the use of zero hours contracts.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

This is an online consultation that seeks views from as many participants as possible. It seeks further evidence on the problems identified around the use of zero hours contracts and invites responses to a number of potential actions government can take to address them and promote a better outcome.

At this stage, the government has no preferred options. Views are sought in particular on maintaining a fair balance between the flexibility provided by zero hours contracts and ensuring adequate protection for individuals.


Zero hours employment contracts: consultation

Zero hours employment contracts: impact assessment

Published 19 December 2013
Last updated 25 August 2014 + show all updates
  1. Statement on government response added.

  2. Added details of the consultation outcome.

  3. First published.