Jobseekers will be required to take up all reasonable offers of employment
With Universal Credit, claimants will not be required to sign up to exclusive zero hours contracts. As now, if there’s a good reason someone can’t just take a particular job they won’t be sanctioned.
But it is right that people do everything they can to find work and that we support them to build up their working hours and earnings. The average zero hours contract provides workers with 25 hours of work a week – and can lead to long-term opportunities.
Universal Credit payments will adjust automatically depending on the hours a person works to ensure that people whose hours may change are financially supported and do not face the hassle and bureaucracy of switching their benefit claims. Getting more people into work so they can have the economic security of regular wage is part of our longterm economic plan.