Zero hours ‘could harm men­tal health’

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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.

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