By Jonathan Davies

Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts will be banned, as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

Zero-hour contracts have been thrust into the spotlight over the past year, with Labour promising permanent contracts for those who had been on them for a certain period.

Critics argue that zero-hour contracts are exploitative as they give no guarantee of work. However, the Conservatives support the idea but are now moving to ban exclusivity clauses which prevent people from having another job.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills said: “Banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts is a proportionate response to tackling examples of poor practice.

“But any further regulation must not damage our flexible labour market, which is an important success story of our economy, benefiting employers and employees alike.”

Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna described the move as "wholly inadequate".