Zero hours ‘could harm mental health’
A RISE in the use of zero hours contracts could be contributing to poor mental health among younger people, a new study suggests.
Young adults who are employed on the controversial contracts – not knowing if they have work from one week to the next – are less likely to be in good health and are at higher risk of poor mental health than workers with stable jobs.
Researchers from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education analysed data on 7,700 people living in England and born in 1989-90.
A total of five per cent had zero hours contracts. Of those, 50% were more likely to report poor mental health than those in more secure employment.