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Kevin Brady on Zero Hour Contracts
Listen to AdView’s very own Kevin Brady on talkRADIO as he tackles questions from Breakfast host Paul Ross on the recent furore surrounding zero hour contracts.
Below is the complete transcription of Kevin Brady’s appearance on talkRADIO on 13th June 2016.
Paul Ross: …But right now though let’s talk matters financial and employment-wise. Time now for our new feature – Just the Job on talkRADIO – joining us to talk the current UK jobs market, Kevin Brady from AdView.
Paul Ross: It’s now 6.35 – good morning Kevin, how are you doing?
Kevin Brady: Yes very good thank you, good morning Paul
Paul Ross: Now we’ve heard plenty in the news Kevin – in the past couple of years in fact – about zero hour contracts. Some people regard them as unfair, as giving no job security. Other people on zero hour contracts quite like the flexibility involved with them. With also heard this week or last week rather from billionaire sports direct owner Mike Ashley – he was in front of the Business Select Committee. What’s the real situation Kevin with zero hour contracts? How many people are on them for example?
Kevin Brady: Well Paul, I know it’s very topical at the moment. According to our statistics, roughly 800,000 people are currently working in zero hour contracts. With the majority of these being either students or young people – people under thirty represent a majority of people in these types of contracts. As for whether they’re as bad as people make out I think it really depends on your employer. With that being said, it’s important to remember that while many people enjoy the flexibility as we’ve just said, working parents and students for example, others may be less keen.
Paul Ross: So let me take a backwards step from them… what are the misconceptions about them – you’ve mentioned the kind of views people have. Would you be able to outline to us for example what a zero hours contract actually involves?
Kevin Brady: Well, I personally think that sometimes people forget that these types of contract have been around for a long time, with some major brands heavily relying on them. Because of their flexibility and because it offers both parties that flexibility. But they can be found in pretty much every sector, both public and private, also in many charities – and I actually think they’re actually more prevalent than people realise.
Paul Ross: So people can find these jobs advertised on AdView then?
Kevin Brady: They can. I mean, we advertise zero hour contracts because many people want that choice and essentially we want to try and assist the job seeker as much as possible and make the whole process quick and easy.
Paul Ross: Now we’ve heard, or I’ve mentioned Mike Ashley earlier this week, he’s said he’s reviewed some of his business practices because there was the allegation that, you know, some of the people in his warehouse actually worked on a zero hours contract for below the minimum wage. Now he said he’s said he’s going to address that. Are you able to ensure that you don’t advertise jobs from unscrupulous employers who might want to pay staff on zero hours before the minimum wage, Kevin?
Kevin Brady: Well Paul, obviously things like paying your staff below the minimum wage is wrong from a legal standpoint but obviously completely wrong morally too as I’m sure you and all your listeners will agree with. We at AdView have a very clever search engine, which means we filter out jobs which pay below the minimum wage or don’t meet other quality checks. All the jobs we have on our website are legitimate, but we’re also very selective, Paul, with the partners who advertise their jobs on our website – so we do have those checks in place.
Paul Ross: Do you find that many people are applying to the jobs on your website that are marked as zero hour contracts or are they almost a port of last resort.
Kevin Brady: Well you know, we’ve noticed a definite increase in the last few months definitely. And I think it may be to do with the fact people are more aware of zero hour contracts – and the benefits they offer with regards to flexibility.
And how popular are they overall would you say?
Kevin Brady: Well from our database, we’re finding that it’s more popular with the younger job seeker – aged 18-30. But we also have thousands of graduate jobs, as we spoke about last week, and apprenticeships and so on. So there’s plenty of options for young job people but at the end of the day, again, it’s about choice for the job seeker. And the more choice the better, as far as I’m concerned.
Paul Ross: Ok, let’s think about people who are looking ahead – who are thinking of changing careers slightly more – if there’s someone out there listening now who’s on a zero hours contract and their looking to change roles, what should they do? I mean they’ve got employment on their CVs, which is a good thing I’m sure, what should they do, Kevin?
Kevin Brady: Well firstly – employers can’t actually do anything to stop someone on a zero hours contract look for work elsewhere as they’re legally entitled to do so. Employees have the legal right to ignore any part of a contract that bans them from looking for or accepting work with another employer. But I would personally recommend, if they’re looking to change jobs, that they sign up to an email system – a jobs by email system – such as the one we have at AdView.
This will allow them to search for all the local jobs in their area, with their chosen criteria. These jobs will be simply sent through to their email inbox. And there’s also temporary and permanent jobs available as well.
Paul Ross: Thank you very much for your time this morning – you can hear more from Kevin same time next week. That was Kevin Brady from AdView and to register for daily updates of relevant jobs in your area – head to AdView.