New fixed hour contracts offer
FIXED hour contracts will be offered to home care staff currently on zero hour contracts, Argyll and Bute Council has confirmed.
In a historic move, those on existing zero hour contracts will be offered a permanent contract for a minimum number of fixed hours based upon an average of their weekly hours over the last year.
A zero hour contract is one between an employer and an employee where the employee is not obliged to accept any work offered and the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours.
The council’s policy lead for health and social care integration, councillor Mary Jean Devon, said: ‘While some people will prefer zero hour contracts because it gives them flexibility about when they want to work, other people prefer a consistency of hours.
‘This is a welcome announcement and will provide our home care staff with the option to choose the right contract for their circumstances.
‘It also shows the council’s commitment to making a career in health and social care an attractive and rewarding option.’