SURREY County Council has defended its use of zero hour contracts after figures revealed more than 1,800 workers were employed under the controversial agreements.

Zero hour, or “bank” contracts, have been widely criticised nationally as exploitative of workers.

Those on the contracts are not guaranteed set hours – and employers are not obliged to guarantee minimum hours – but employees are expected to be available for a “reasonable” number of shifts, sometimes at short notice.

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