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Zero-hours condemned

Use of zero-hours contracts within the security industry has been condemned by a guarding contract company MD. The subject of zero-hours contracts was a widely discussed topic in the recent UK General Election with Prime Minister David Cameron claiming there would be legislation to protect workers on these contracts. Legislation as proposed in the Queen’s Speech has since been described as ‘toothless’ by employment lawyers.

A zero-hours contract, or casual contract, is a contract of employment which does not specify a fixed number of hours per week, and has no guaranteed minimum number of hours.

Magenta Security’s Managing Director Abbey Petkar, pictured, says: “The use of zero-hours contracts is something that needs to be addressed within the security industry. We are proud to say that Magenta has no zero-hours contractors on its books nor will we in the future. If you are able to provide employees with secure and quality employment then the likelihood is that you will get more from your workforce. Zero-hours contracts do not allow employees to build decent careers for themselves and should be condemned.”

Magenta adds that employees get full training on joining the company and are recruited knowing that they will receive the majority of the hourly charge rate negotiated. This policy is in place due to the company’s belief that quality employment means a better service for their clients and customers.

About the firm

Magenta Security has its head office in Hounslow, with operations in Swindon, Birmingham, Manchester and Kent. As well as security officers, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance, partnerships with external suppliers means Magenta can provide other services to clients such as luxury car hire, cleaning and housekeeping.


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