The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published research indicating that, from January to February 2014, around 1.4 million individuals were employed on contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours. These figures are an increase on those released earlier in the year by the Labour Force Survey, which suggested that from October to December 2013, 583,000 individuals were employed on zero hours contracts. The greatest use of such contracts was in the accommodation and food industry, closely followed  by administration and support services. ONS will canvas  businesses again in the summer and will report by the end of the year. We are waiting for the Government to respond to its consultation on zero hours contracts.