The number of 16 to 24-year-olds working on insecure ‘zero hours’ contracts has doubled since the start of the recession.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the number of young people on zero hours contracts rose from 35,000 in 2008 to 76,000 in 2012.

Under the terms of zero hours contracts, employers can legally change shifts on a weekly basis, often reducing a worker’s hours when business is slow.

Many believe such contracts lead to exploitation, but employers argue that they give work to those who might otherwise be unemployed.

Read our article to gain clarity on your rights as an employee.

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