Philip criticises Labour MPs for scaremongering claims that all jobs created are zero hour contracts

Shipley MP Philip Davies criticised Labour MPs for scaremongering claims that all jobs being created are zero hour contracts which offer little security to families trying to budget.

Speaking in a Commons exchange he demanded government provide figures of what proportion are zero hours and which are full time.

Mr Davies said: “We often hear from members opposite that all the jobs created are zero contract jobs so can given their track record on accurate information, can the secretary of state set out what proportion of workers are on zero hour contracts and how many new jobs are actually full time jobs.”

Figures out last month from the Office of National Statistic showed there are 32.25 million people in work and the employment rate was 75.3 per cent, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said: “Zero hour contracts or flexible contracts whatever people want to say about it is 2.8 per cent, but what we do know this year over 90 per cent of jobs are permanent jobs and from 2010, 75% are permanent and full time employed jobs, most of them this year professional.”