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Magenta Security condemns zero-hours contracts in the security industry

The use of zero-hours contracts within the security industry has been condemned by Hounslow-based Magenta Security.

The subject of zero-hours contracts was a widely discussed topic in the recent UK General Election with Prime Minister David Cameron claiming there would be legislation to protect workers on these contracts. This legislation has since been described as ‘toothless’ by employment lawyers.

Zero-hours contracts, or casual contracts, allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work. This effectively means employees work only when they are needed by employers, often at short notice with pay depending on how many hours they work.

“The use of zero-hours contracts is something that needs to be addressed within the security industry,” comments Magenta Security’s Managing Director Abbey Petkar. “We are proud to say that Magenta has no zero-hours contractors on its books nor will we in the future. If you are able to provide employees with secure and quality employment then the likelihood is that you will get more from your workforce. Zero-hours contracts do not allow employees to build decent careers for themselves and should be condemned.”

Employees of Magenta Security benefit from full training on joining the company and are recruited knowing that they will receive the majority of the hourly charge rate negotiated. This policy is in place due to Magenta’s belief that quality employment means a better service for their clients and customers.

Magenta Security has its head office in Hounslow, with operations in Swindon, Birmingham, Manchester and Kent. As well as security officers, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance, partnerships with external suppliers means Magenta can provide a variety of additional services to clients including luxury car hire, cleaning and housekeeping.

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