New fixed hour con­tracts of­fer

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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