Scotland remains the “zero-hours capital of the UK” after new statistics revealed the number of contracts in the country increased by 4,000.

Data from the ONS from 109,000 people north of the border were in this type of employment in the second quarter of 2023, up from 105,000 in the first three months of the year.

The percentage of workers on zero-hours contracts in Scotland remains ahead of every other nation in the UK at 4.1%.

Equivalent figures for England stood at 3.6% with Wales at 3.2% and Northern Ireland at 1.5%.

Such contracts remain popular in the hospitality sector across the UK, with ONS data showing 28.5% of workers in this type of employment from April to June this year.

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