The rise of Zero-hours contracts
You won’t find this term in a crusty old business studies textbook, but the use by employers of “zero-hours contracts” is becoming increasingly common on the UK. Companies using zero hours contracts don’t give their employees guaranteed hours, but expect them to be available to work with a few hours’ notice. They say they are being fair and are providing valuable experience to staff, but the unions, and some workers, are opposed.
This video feature by Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton reports on whether zero hours contracts constitute real jobs. There is some good analysis of the pro’s and con’s of the approach, both from the point of view of the employer as well as employee.
The key benefit to employers is that zero-hours contracts provide much greater flexibility - and also make employment costs more variable. But there are some pretty significant downsides for employees, not the least being the complications which arise from the benefits system.
We'll use this Series to curate resources that support teachers and students preparing for the BUSS4 Section A Research Theme on Manufacturing in the UK (June 2015). These resources will complement our popular BUSS4 Section A Toolkit on Manufacturing and the BUSS4 Exam Coaching Workshops which also include sessions on Manufacturing.
Teaching & learning products
This resource comprises two practice exam papers (with supporting mark schemes) for each of the two Year 1 (AS) papers. The format of each practice exam paper follows precisely the format of the specimen assessment materials issued by the board that have been accredited by Ofqual.