Age of ‘zero hours’ jobs: Sports Direct staff never know how long they’ll work – or what they’ll earn
- A total of 20,000 staff don’t get guaranteed hours or sick and holiday pay
- If they turn down work, they fear they will not be asked again
- The retailer recently announced large bonuses for full-time staffs
More than 20,000 staff at Britain’s biggest sports retailer are employed on controversial ‘zero-hour’ contracts, it emerged yesterday.
Sports Direct hires every part-timer under a deal that denies them holiday or sick pay and cannot guarantee how many hours they will work each week.
Some 90 per cent of workers at 396 stores are now on zero-hour contracts with the company, which is controlled by billionaire founder Mike Ashley.
It comes just weeks after the group announced plans to pay its 2,000 full-time staff bonuses of up to £100,000.
Zero-hour contracts, so-called because they…
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