Philip demands the Government sets the record straight on Labour's zero-hour contract claims

AN MP has demanded Government set the record straight over claims by the Labour opposition so-called jobs being created are in fact zero hour positions.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said people jobseekers needed guarantees work was available and they would be guaranteed a wage to support themselves.

In Parliament he said: “I have heard lots of people say that lots of the new jobs created are zero hour contracts and part time work. Can the Secretary of State give some indication as to what the actual figures are with regard to the number of jobs created that are full time permanent jobs.”

Employment Secretary Esther McVey said: “The overwhelming majority of jobs are full time and permanent jobs and those that are in part time jobs, the vast majority have chosen to be in part time jobs.”

Figures out last month showed UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million, the equivalent of 4.3 per cent, in the three months to November, making it the lowest rate since 1975. The rate of employment is 75.3 per cent the highest since records began in 1971.

The figures from the Office of National Statistics also showed record job vacancies in the UK, suggesting more work is available for those seeking employment.