Women make up more than half of workers on zero-hours contracts in Britain, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS said that of the 1.8 million workers without a minimum number of guaranteed hours in 2017, 98,6400 (54.7 per cent) were women.
Younger people are also more likely to report being on a zero-hours contract, with 36 per cent of the total aged between 16 and 24 years old.
“People on “zero-hours contracts” are more likely to be young, part-time, women or in full-time education when compared with other people in employment,” found the ONS.
These young women are typically in low paid sectors, according to the Young Women’s Trust, such as retail or care, and the food and accommodation industry which makes up 22.6 per cent of those on a zero-hours contract itself.
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Problems with planning, budgeting and childcare were just some of the challenges young working women are facing when on a zero-hours contract according to the trust.