Come along to a Zero Hours Contracts research workshop on ‘The health and career wellbeing of workers, and the legal implications for companies’.

Zero Hours Contract Research Workshop


The number of workers in the UK now identified as being on Zero Hours Contracts (ZHCs), lacking any guaranteed working hours, has increased dramatically in the last five years and is now in the region of one million workers. The number of contracts is significantly higher than that, suggesting many people hold multiple contracts. Recent published research on ZHCs has been conducted largely through surveys and has produced largely quantitative information. Thus we are reasonably well informed about numbers of ZHCs, and characteristics including age, sector, job type and hours worked. However, beyond these headline figures very little is known about the people who hold ZHCs, their circumstances and reasons for doing so, and the relationship of their ZHC holding with other aspects of their lives, particularly their health and career wellbeing. Issues of employer liability in employment law and company law remain under-explored. This subject falls within a broader debate about employers’ business models and about the nature of flexibility, security/precarity and regulation in employment, given prominence by Teresa May’s setting up of a review of modern employment, announced in October 2016. A University of Hertfordshire research team are exploring the deeper issues of ZHCs and their association with the health and career wellbeing of workers, and legal implications.

The aims of the workshop

  • To enable ZHC workers to share their experiences
  • For the UH research team to share the findings of their research-in-progress
  • To provide up-to-date insights from practitioners and academics in the field
  • To shape an ongoing research agenda going forward

Who is it for?

Anyone is welcome. We would particularly like to invite the following:

  • Workers on zero hours contracts, and any one who has experience of zero hours contracts in their community, household and family
  • Practitioners with relevant experience, from Human Resource departments, Trade Unions, Legal practice, etc
  • Campaigners and activists in the field
  • Policy-makers and politicians
  • Academics with an interest in the field

Book your place

Register to attend the workshop here.


Room W040, Law Court Building

University of Hertfordshire

de Havilland campus,


AL10 9EU