EDINBURGH University has been identified as the biggest user of zero-hours contracts in a survey of Scottish higher-education institutions.
Research by the University and College Union which represents lecturers, found Edinburgh universities had 2712 people on zero-hours contracts, of whom 2382 were in teaching and research posts.
The figure was the highest in the UK. By contrast, the city’s Napier University had 251 on zero contracts, while Heriot Watt and Queen Margaret employed no staff on that basis
Zero-hours contracts allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work, meaning the employees only work when they are needed, often at short notice, and are paid only for the hours they work. Last month, it was claimed up to a million UK workers could be on zero-hours contracts, four times the official estimate.