200,000 Brits on zero-hours

RECORD numbers of Britons are employed on so-called “zero hours” contracts which have no guarantee of regular hours, pay or security, according to official figures released last night.

Around 200,000 people were in such roles at the end of December 2012, meaning they are not on the unemployment register but may not be receiving regular pay.

Last night coalition MPs hit back at the figures, which were uncovered by ITV News, insisting they do not undermine the overall improvement in the job market.