Freedom of information response

Zero Hours Contract

Publication date: 
Thursday 9 April 2020
Request: 

1. What is your policy on zero hours contracts?

2. How many workers/employees do you currently directly employ on zero hours contracts? What is the breakdown of these figure according to (a) occupation, (b) sex, (c) race and (d) age?

3. How many workers/employees do you currently indirectly employ on zero hours contracts via agencies, contractors or sub-contractors? If this data is not available, please provide the names of the agencies, contractors or sub-contractors that you use to employ workers indirectly.

4. How many workers/employees do you currently directly employ on minimum hours contracts or via agencies, contractors or sub-contractors?

5. How many workers/employees in total do you currently employ? What is the breakdown of these figure according to (a) occupation, (b) sex, (c) race and (d) age?

Response: 

1. The Council does not have a separate policy on zero hours contracts. Casual contracts are utilised dependent upon the needs of the service to retain access to flexible resources.

2. 393 employees are currently employed on a casual basis  Please see attached report Appendix A

3. All agency workers are engaged with specified hours for each assignment (part time or full time). Matrix SCM is our neutral managed service provider and we utilise a broad range of agencies underneath that framework.  .

4. We currently have 36 employees on minimum hour contracts

5. 2695 employees are currently employed   

a. We would not be able to provide this information as it would be too hard to group them appropriately. Please see attached report Appendix B

We are unable to provide an exact number for question 2 above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 9919