Zero-hours work: facing the ethical challenge

Sarah Waters, Quintin George Rayer

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How ethical investors can show leadership by promoting a corporate social conscience.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of millions of UK workers employed on zero-hours contracts or within the gig economy. For them, self-isolation means a sudden loss of income, often without access to redundancy payments, sick pay or universal credit.

Covid-19 has highlighted the economic reality of working conditions for employees in insecure, precarious, low-paying and temporary jobs. According to the Office of National Statistics, a record 974,000 people had zero-hour contracts as their main job at the end of 2019 -- some 130,000 more than one year earlier.

The challenge to ethical investors is clear -- how can they encourage powerful corporations to offer fair conditions of employment for honest work?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationThe Journal Magazine - CII
PublisherRedactive Publishing
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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