is a zero hours contract one of employment or self-employment?

News about zero hours contracts continues unabated. After I reported last month that the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development had conducted research suggesting that many people are happy with zero hours contracts, Vince Cable has performed the sort of volte face that seems to come easily to politicians by announcing that the crackdown on…

what are zero hours contracts and how do they work in practice?

Zero hours contracts are often referred to in employment but they are not legally defined. They were popular a number of years ago because it was often very difficult for employees working under such contracts to secure sufficient continuous employment to benefit from employment protection, e.g. for unfair dismissal. However, since there is no longer…