In our recent blog “Bank distances itself from “zero hours” contracts” we revealed that Santander were offering staff contracts which only guaranteed one hour of work a month.  Continuing the theme of large employers making public gestures, McDonalds have said that it will offer 115,000 workers on zero hours contracts the chance to swap to guaranteed hours contracts. The number of guaranteed hours would reflect the average number of hours worked. Interestingly, a trial covering 23 restaurants revealed that 80% of staff given the option decided to stay on zero hours contracts with many preferring the flexibility they offered. Being given the choice reportedly resulted in increased levels of employee and customer satisfaction.

The McDonalds experience suggests that while people are not exactly saying “I’m lovin’ it”, zero hours contracts remain a useful option (one of many).

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