The number of over-50s working on zero hours contracts has hit its highest since records began in nearly a decade ago. Government statistics show it stood at 296,000 people between July and September this year. Between October and December 2013 the total was 149,000. “The large rise in the number of people aged 50+ working under zero-hours contracts is worrying,” said Stuart Lewis, chief executive of Rest Less, a digital community and advocate for people in their 50s and older, which analysed the data. We know many who have turned to zero hours contracts because they were unable to find a more permanent or structured type of work thanks to age discrimination or a lack of workplace flexibility,” he added. “Others are juggling zero-hours contracts alongside other part-time roles to top up working hours to make ends meet amidst double-digit inflation.”