37,000 Suffolk care workers on zero hour’s contracts

Labour councillors have uncovered shocking figures that reveal the true extent of the use of zero hours contracts in the Suffolk care system.

According to figures released by Skills for Care, the national sector skills council for the care sector, there are over 37,000 people in the county who are employed on zero hours contracts in the care sector.

Labour Group Leader Sandy Martin demanded that Suffolk County Council stopped taking on companies that use zero hour’s contracts.

Cllr Martin said ‘ Employees are told about work at very short notice, they are only paid for hours they work, in many cases care workers are not paid for the time they travel from one job to the next often with no sick pay, holiday entitlement or pension provision’.

He continued, ‘Using zero hours contracts as a normal employment tool for a whole section of our services is morally wrong and should be stopped’.

Councillor Sandy Martin (Lab): Labour Group Leader
mobile: 07545 423802
email: sandy.martin@suffolk.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:Skills for Care
Skills for Care ensures that England’s adult social care workforce has the appropriately skilled people in the right places working to deliver high quality social care. To achieve this, they focus on the attitudes, values, skills and qualifications people need to undertake their roles.

They work closely with the 48,000-plus organisations that employ adult social care workers, together with people who use services, carers and other key partners to develop effective tools and resources that meet the workforce development needs of the sector.

Skills for Care supports employers develop the knowledge and skills of nearly 1.56 million workers and support the sector to plan for the future using data from their National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).
More details can be found at http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/about_us/about_us.aspx

Skills for Care figures can be released by contacting Russell Smith, Labour Group researcher on Russell.smith@suffolk.gov.uk, tel: 01473 265117

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