Plans Unveiled to Restrict Zero-Hours Contracts in Welsh Care Sector

Legislation is to be put forward by the Welsh Labour Government aimed at tackling zero-hours contracts in the social care sector.

During a period of consultation, plans will be introduced ensuring care providers offer all workers the option of a minimum-hours contact after a three month probationary period, based on the average weekly hours worked during this period.

There are currently around 11,000 domically care workers in Wales on zero-hours contracts, the majority of whom are employed by the independent sector.

As well as being unstable and financially insecure for workers, there is clear evidence that zero-hours contracts in the care sector impact on the quality of social care.

Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the decision and said: “The Welsh Labour Government is committed to enhancing the quality of social care and research has shown there is a link between employment terms and conditions and the quality of care delivered.”

“By restricting zero-hours contracts for home carers in Wales, the Welsh Labour Government is not only protecting workers’ rights by offering greater financial security, it is also helping to improve recruitment to the sector and the quality of service for clients.”