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Recent survey shows disparities amongst ethnic groups on zero-hours contracts

A higher proportion of black and ethnic minority workers (4.3%) are on zero-hours contracts than their white colleagues (3%) an analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics has shown.

The analysis also found that black women are almost twice as likely to be on zero-hours contracts when compared to white men. The authors of the analysis, the TUC, stated that these results show “structural racism in action”.

As a result of these findings, there have been increased demands to ban zero-hours contracts in the “Employment Bill” which is currently in its second reading in the House of Commons.