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BME women are significantly more likely to be in zero-hours than white men, according to new TUC analysis.
Black, minority and ethnic (BME) women are twice as likely to be on zero-hours contracts as white men, according to analysis from the TUC which says the figures are indicative of structural racism in the labour market and deepening gender inequalities.
Its analysis shows 4.7 per cent of BME women are on zero-hours contracts compared to 2.4 per cent of white men and that, overall, BME workers are significantly overrepresented on zero-hours contracts compared to white workers (4.3 per cent compared to 3 per cent.)
BME women are the most disproportionately affected group, followed by BME men (4.7 per cent compared to 4 per cent). White women are also significantly more likely than white men to be on zero-hours contracts (3.6 per cent compared to 2.4 per cent).
The latest figures published by the ONS show that over one million workers are now on zero-hours contracts, which are insecure and have limited rights.
The TUC is calling for a ban on zero-hours contracts, by giving workers a right to a contract which reflects their normal hours of work; decent notice of shifts and compensation for cancelled shifts; and the introduction of ethnicity pay gap reporting.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Insecure work is endemic in modern Britain, with more than a million people still having to rely on zero-hours contracts to make ends meet.
“And it is BME workers – particularly women – who are getting trapped in jobs with the worst pay and the worst conditions, struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table.
“The time for excuses is over. Insecure work is tightening the grip of structural racism on the labour market and deepening gender inequalities.
“We need to end the scourge of insecure work once and for all. That’s how you start to tackle the structural racism that holds BME workers back. And that’s how you take meaningful action to fight for gender equality in the labour market.”