Zero Hours contracts have been quite the controversial subject since their introduction. While it is evident that there is a place for them in modern day society many question the ethics behind them, as without any guaranteed working hours these employees will always be uncertain of what they will be earning on their next pay day.
According to the article: “Santander employs staff on contracts that guarantee just 12 hours work a year,” (Oscar Williams-Grut, Mar. 27, 2017, http://uk.businessinsider.com) Santander appear to have addressed this issue. That said I think many will see this as merely a box ticking exercise and not really addressing the problem with zero hours contracts.
The article goes on to state: “A spokesperson for Santander told the FT the bank does not offer zero hour contracts as its one-hour contracts offer “full employment rights with no obligation to accept additional hours or exclusivity.”
So perhaps in this scenario this is being done as a bit of a PR display to say that they don’t neglect employees with Zero Hours contracts, although their alternative doesn’t offer a great improvement. None the less the the article goes on to suggest why this is the case due to the change in modern day employment culture.
“Unemployment has fallen to a multi-decade low of just 4.7%. But the fall has been driven by a rise in self-employment and short-term employment. The popularity of services such as Uber and Deliveroo, which both allow people to freelance as drivers, has given rise to the so-called “gig economy,” populated by workers who freelance on these kinds of networks.”
So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?
For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.
It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance. Our solution also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.
The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 150 Time & Attendance reports, Monitor lateness, absence & break times, Calculate employee work and overtime hours as well as exporting accumulated hours to any payroll system or excel spreadsheet to match these up against the relevant pay rates.
With reference to the article addressed specifically, Rota Horizon is the perfect workforce management tool regardless of how you operate from a staff planning perspective. So if you have salary paid staff working their routine weekly contracted hours, or staff with no contractual obligation working different shifts each work, the system makes planning and managing this easy.
For Zero and limited hours contract employees, they are obviously going to have second priority in terms of allocation of hours, unless the department consists of specifically these employees only. As a result, if you know when you need staff but are unsure how to assign specific individuals to the planned slots you can use best choice highlighted below. This will prioritise those with contracted hours that need to be met and leave the remaining hours to those with less or none that need meeting.
Specifically with reference to the single hour contract employees running the Contracted Hours report will also highlight exactly how many hours staff have completed against their contractual obligation. Companies like Santander will be able to use this figures to justify the introduction of the approach, if they are delivering an ethical number of hours so employees can enjoy a decent quality of life.
So if you feel you could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or contact us below. Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by Clicking Here and providing the details requested. Or you can simply visit the Thinking Software website at: www.thinking-software.com
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