KBS Team Commissioned to Study Zero Hour Contracts

The Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD, has announced the appointment of a research team from the Kemmy Business School (KBS), University of Limerick to carry out the first government study into the prevalence and impact of zero hour and low hours contracts. The KBS team submitted the winning tender to undertake a study on “the prevalence of zero hour contracts among Irish employers and their impact on employees” commissioned by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The team comprises Dr Michelle O’Sullivan, Dr Juliet MacMahon, Dr Jonathan Lavelle, Dr Caroline Murphy, Dr Lorraine Ryan, Mike O’Brien, Dr Tom Turner and Professor Paddy Gunnigle and is expected to examine existing data relating to zero and low hour contracts also generate new information through a range of methodologies including meeting and speaking to worker representatives and employers in areas of the economy associated with low hour contracts. The goal of the study is to fill the gap that currently exists in terms of hard data on zero and low hour contracts.

Depratment of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation news release