Zero-hours contracts affecting young people's health, study finds

Young people employed on zero-hours contracts are more likely to have worse mental and physical health than peers with more stable positions, a study has found.

The study, conducted by the UCL Institute of Education, found 25-year-olds employed on contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of work hours were 41% less likely to report having good physical health compared with those with secure contracts.

Young people on zero-hours contracts were also one-and-a-half times more likely to report having a mental health problem compared with someone on a more secure employment contract.

The research, part of wider work looking at young people’s experiences of the labour market, has prompted concern among unions and MPs, who are calling for the government to crack down on exploitative employment arrangements.

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