Great news: everyone can stop worrying about nasty, unfair zero-hours contracts because Iain Duncan Smith has rebranded them and made them sound nice. The Conservative work and pensions secretary thinks that the phrase “zero-hours contracts” is too negative, and wants to replace it with “flexible hours”. Did you see what he did there? It’s even better than Esther McVey’s “enabling hours”.
Because another interesting name for the practice could be “freelance contract” where you are promised no set amount of work, no guaranteed income, but only whatever scraps might be too much for the permanent staff to deal with. And swathes of the whole journalistic industry runs on these contracts as well.