BRENT Council has said national press reports about staff on ‘zero hours’ contracts quoted out-of-date figures.
The contracts have received widespread criticism because an employer does not have to guarantee work, which means affected staff are uncertain how much they will be earning.
Following a recent report that suggested 18 per cent of staff at Brent Council are on zero hours contracts, the authority has told the Observer this was based on data obtained in April – the correct figure is now 10 per cent.
A council spokesman said: “At the time of responding to the Freedom of Information request in April, the council had 634 casual workers. At the time of this request the council had already embarked on a review of its casual workers and, as a result, we can now confirm that we have 212 casual workers available to work as and when required to respond to peaks and troughs in workload and where work is of a short-term or seasonal nature.”
There are 2,409 staff on contracted hours at the council as well as 212 casual workers, meaning they account for less than 10 per cent of the workforce.
The casual contracts are used for employees such as sports coaches, interpreters or gardeners, who may not be needed at all times of the year.
The spokesman added that during the month of June, 128 of the 212 casual staff were working.
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