Number employed on zero hours contracts remains unchanged at 1.7m

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The total number of zero hours contracts remained unchanged at the end of last year at 1.7 million, new figures have shown.

The number, from a survey in November, represented 6% of all employment contracts, compared to 5% last May, but the total was the same.

The total and percentage of contracts not guaranteeing a minimum number of hours were unchanged from November 2015, although the number of businesses using them fell, said the Office for National Statistics.

Previous data has shown that 905,000 workers were employed on zero hours contracts in their main job.