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29.11.2013

Vibrance welcomes 'zero-hour contract' research

 

A leading social care charity has welcomed the publication of new research into ‘zero-hour’ contracts.

Vibrance – which supports vulnerable people with disabilities in Essex and the south east – recently took part in a study into zero hour contracts carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The CIPD research, published on November 27, showed that despite recent negative headlines surrounding such contracts, workers were more likely to be happy with their work-life balance than other staff.

Director of human resources at Vibrance, Nita Desir-Adeshiyan, said about a fifth of the charity’s staff were currently on zero-hour contracts.

Ms Desir-Adeshiyan said: “We were delighted to be asked to take part in the CIPD study and we welcome its findings. We feel that zero-hours contracts have been unfairly demonised. For us, zero-hours staff are the foundation of our workforce. The contracts offer flexibility both to our staff and to us as employers in a constantly-changing environment.

“Using such contracts means we have a greater degree of confidence in our workforce because it means we don’t have to rely on unknown agency staff to fill any gaps that may arise in our workforce.

“As employers, it is important to us that our zero-hour staff are treated in exactly the same way as our permanent members of staff. They receive the same training, rates of pay, statutory sick pay, redundancy rights and pension auto-enrolment. They also accrue annual paid leave, based on the number of hours worked.

“In fact, as an organisation, Vibrance now has a number of managers who were originally hired as zero-hour staff,” she added.

Vibrance, which has been providing essential support since 1989, offers community day services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, respite care, supported employment and self-directed services to 850 people in nine local authority areas.

The organisation employs around 400 people and was named in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ in 2012.

Notes to editors

Vibrance, provide a wide range of social care and support services across London and the south east – all designed to enable people with a range of disabilities to have a greater voice and presence in their community.

Our goal is to support vulnerable people to lead their lives as they wish and to challenge barriers that prevent individual choice and fulfilment.

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