Cathedrals respond to zero-hour contracts revelations


The practise of hiring workers on the basis they receive no guaranteed working hours came under a spotlight this week when the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested it was “evil”.

But revelations both Gloucester Cathedral (pictured above) and Norwich Cathedrals use such agreements prompted a call for Most Rev Justin Welby to “put his own house in order” before criticising other employers.


Norwich Cathedral (pictured) was seeking a refectory assistant in an online – which described the role as a “casual zero-hours post”.

The Dean of Norwich, Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “At Norwich Cathedral, zero-hour contracts are given to those of our staff who choose them because it suits their lifestyle like, for example, students and people who are retired and want a flexible part-time job.

“We take the welfare and wellbeing of our staff very seriously.”

Zero-hour contracts have been criticised for offering staff poor job security and fewer benefits than other types of employment. Some workers prefer the extra flexibility such agreements provide.

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Addressing the TUC Congress in Manchester on Wednesday, Archbishop Justin described the so-called gig economy and zero-hour contracts as “the reincarnation of an ancient evil”.

Gloucester Cathedral has been advertising for a porter to work on a zero-hour contact during the…

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