Iain Duncan Smith highlights groups of workers who benefit from the flexibility offered by zero-hours contracts

12th February 2019

Iain Duncan Smith highlights the flexibility offered by zero-hours contracts for particular groups of people, such as those with caring responsibilities and peripatetic work patterns.

My right hon. Friend is right to recognise that zero-hours contracts give flexibility to particular groups of people, many of whom have caring responsibilities and peripatetic work patterns. Without those contracts, they would not be able to enter the world of work and benefit themselves. Does he recall that it was the last Labour Government that had these contracts as exclusive and that we got rid of that abuse?

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. We made that change, and it was of great benefit. We should be proud of the increase in employment that has taken place. According to the Resolution Foundation, the biggest gainers principally have been women, ethnic minorities, single parents and disabled people. That is something we should be proud of.

Hansard