The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of a report on the world of work.
THERESA MAY today ruled out a ban on zero-hours contracts – saying that the controversial deals can be better for workers.
The Prime Minister is pledging to improve protection for the self-employed and people in unstable employment.
But she rejected calls by Labour to outlaw contracts which do not offer guaranteed hours.
Speaking at the launch of a new report on workers’ rights by former Blair aide Matthew Taylor, she said such a move could end up hurting workers.
The PM said: “Matthew’s report is clear that many people value the flexibility that zero-hours contracts offer them, and that banning such contracts would harm more people than it would help.”
She added: “It’s important that we continue to ensure that employers do not use these contracts to exploit people.”
Mr Taylor confirmed this morning that he believed workers should be allowed to sign up to zero-hours contracts if they want.
He said: “It’s clear that many people who work zero hours choose to work in that way, it suits them.