MORE than a third of employers in the West Midlands are still using zero-hours contracts.
Research has revealed that almost 60 per cent of the employers in favour liked the idea because it would allow them to quickly respond to changing demand of services, while giving flexibility to employees.
Mike Randall (Pictured) CEO of Close Brothers Financial Assets who conducted the research, said: "Zero-hours contracts have been the subject of some debate between employers, employees and the government recently and it shows no sign of abating.
"While zero-hours contracts can provide flexibility, they can also make things like budgeting and financial planning difficult as it's almost impossible to know how many hours they will be working from month to month.
"Employees are often obliged to work the shifts they are offered and some are unable to accept additional work elsewhere without breaking the terms of their contract."
According to the Office of National Statistics, around 1.4 million people in the UK are currently employed on contracts with no fixed hours.