“I have worked for the same company for two years now. I’m on a 0 hour contract. Due to Covid-19 my workplace has shut down. I am not getting paid anything as we only get paid when we work, and they are only paying the contracted staff. I worked out that for over the last 8 weeks I have earned over £118 a week but I am still not entitled to SSP [statutory sick pay] or furlough.
I have found it really hard not knowing when I will next get money in and even when I go back to work I will need to work for a month before I get paid.
The government hasn’t brought out anything to help people like me. And as I still live with my parents I can’t claim universal credit. So I have no source of income. And I can’t get a temporary job in the shops as I have family members in my household that are vulnerable.”
Young person, 18, Zero-hour worker