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Number of MPs staff on casual contracts, by political party
Disclosure Date:12 May 2014
Categories: MPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied: None

How many mp's staff have a zero hour contract, further could that be shown by political party alone and not by name of mp or staff.



IPSA holds the information that you request.

In responding to your request, we have interpreted your request for the number of MPs’ staff on zero-hour contracts as the number of MP’s staff who are contracted on an hourly rate rather than a salary.

According to our records, as of 8 May 2014, there were 151 individuals active on IPSA’s payroll contracted on an hourly rate. This may include any short-term staff taken on – for example, to provide paternity, maternity or sickness cover – part-time as well as full-time staff and apprentices and interns whose employment conditions have fulfilled the conditions set out in paragraphs 7.8 and 7.9 of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’). Needless to say, this figure does not relate to the number of MPs who are currently employing individuals on such contracts.

Please find the breakdown by political party, below.

Political Party

Number of individuals employed on a casual contract





Liberal Democrats


Other parties and independents