Guy Stallard, director of facilities at KPMG, responds to the Government’s announcement that legislation will be introduced banning employers from stopping staff, with zero-hours contracts, from seeking work elsewhere. He argues that by introducing flexibility, employees will be better able to earn more to help them meet essential living costs.
Guy says: “Far too many people are trapped in what has become known as a cycle of ‘working poverty’, with many struggling to meet family and financial commitments as they try to make ends meet. That’s why proposals for legislation that gives employees the opportunity to agree to flexible working hours with more than one employer should be welcomed. It’s good for employees who may be trying to balance study or caring commitments with work, and it’s good for employers who could have access to a wider network of staff.
“There are many scenarios where individuals with personal commitments may be attracted by the flexibility of zero hour arrangements, but the key is that employees must have genuine freedom to decide when they work. For businesses, today’s announcement also means they can still retain the flexibility to meet unpredictable or season-led labour requirements.
“To keep employees interested and simultaneously ensure employers have access to high calibre individuals, it is also important that organisations pay their staff a living wage. A guaranteed income, and one that will ensure they don’t need to worry about paying their rent or food bills, is more likely to build loyalty and motivation to drives the quality of service that customers want to see.”
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Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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Nahidur Rahman, KPMG Press Office
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Notes to Editors:
The research was conducted during the first two weeks of May 2014 and incorporates the views of 1,035 adults across the UK.
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2013. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
This article represents the views of the author only, and does not necessarily represent the views or professional advice of KPMG in the UK.