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Zero-hours contracts hold their place in UK labour market
Zero-hours contracts remain a controversial feature of the British workplace, suggesting they may have become embedded in the labour market rather than fading as a temporary recessionary phenomenon.
19 per cent rise in zero hours contracts recorded across Britain over the last ...  
Rise in number of zero-hours workers  
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