In the business environment, there are various terms, policies, and systems. Zero hour contract is one of the systems in the modern workplace. Zero-hour contracts are mainly used in the United Kingdom from the previous century in the business sector. Many organizations and companies are using this term in their business sector. Huge numbers of employees are now working in zero hour contract condition as it has some extra facilities to work in a particular workplace. Besides facilities, there are also some limitations of zero hour contracts. At the same time, an employee can sign up in more than one contract.
Aims of Zero Hour Contracts
There are various aims of zero hour contracts, among them; the significant objectives of the contract include identifying a minimum range of national wage and identifying a specific and standard living of the wages. Zero hour contacts term is looking forward to providing extra opportunities to work freely.
Zero-hour contracts also ensure the annual leave of the workers by following a permitted law. Zero hours has contracts had the objects to do the working environment more flexible by ensuring standard payments for the working hour. Any person can do the job in terms of zero hour contracts. Zero hour contracts are comparatively informal ways of doing any job as there is no specific timetable to join at the office and this the extraordinary opportunities to serve in another job.
As an employee can work at the same time in many organizations that is the reason this contract has limitations in the workplace. Many scholars in the UK argued that zero hour contracts are not very effective in the working environment in the business area. Some scholars also said that this term is the way of exploiting the workers as they cannot leave the contract at any time and there any specific working time is not mentioned to complete a task.
Cost-benefits of Zero Hour Contracts
At present, many companies and organizations are using the zero hour contract term in their business. There are various advantages of zero hour working contracts as well as there are some barriers and limitations also.
Zero-hour contracts engage the workers and employees to deal with abrupt situations effectively to increase the needs of the company. This agreement allows the workers to do a specific task within a company such as to maintain a promotional program in the company to uncover a brand-new component of the company. This contract motivates the employees to manage their time in both working hours and leaving time. The agreement also encourages the workers to deal with and maintain a very impressive business environment by building a time frame.
Zero Hour at Professional Stage
This contract also focuses on being more malleable at the time of introducing a new career in the professional stage as well as at the time of facing new challenges in the job sector. As in this contract, any employer has not obligatory to offer the vacancy job post for the employees then it is a challenge for the worker as they will not get any payments without doing any job. If the employee serves the company for six-hour then he will get the payments as six hours.
As there is not any specific payment amount so it is a major limitation of the contract. Moreover, like the employer, employees do have not any mandatory laws or obligations to work in a particular company. If the workers didn’t want to work in a company then it can be a threat for the employer as he will not get employees as to how much he needed to run the company. But in this comparative situation, employees are getting better opportunities than the employers.
McDonald’s offers many jobs every year to the employees with high and attractive payments but there is no agreement of obligatory to offer the job to the employees as well as there is no actual security to provide the job for a long time. When the company will close the current working position, then the workers have to leave the company but they will get payments for that serving time.
Recommendations for Zero Hour Contracts
To get appropriate and expected results from the zero hour agreements, there are some areas to improve. And it will be the positive outcomes for the employer as well as for the employees. In a zero hour contract, it is needed to develop the policy of shifting the job from one company to another. And should have a specific time frame for the job.
The mental fitness of the workers is very important to work fluently in the workplace. To ensure the workers’ rights in terms of zero hour contracts, a law enacted by the authority should be introduced. Including the scope of taking a yearly vacation and a minimum and definite payment scale that the workers will get.
At the end of the discussion, it is possible to say that, the zero hour contracts are very impressive. And it is also very progressive in working terms for the workers as well as for the employer. There are various benefits and facilities as well as have some challenges although. To ensure the living standard of the employees recommended points should be implemented. To get the best result from the Zero hour contract it is must need.
Written by: ATM Qutayba, Student, University of Dhaka