The contracts have proved popular with employers as they do not set a minimum number of hours that have to be worked, allowing firms to draft in extra staff at short notice during busy periods.
But trade unions have warned that some employers have used them to deny basic rights to workers.
Those employed under the contracts say they do not know if or when they will be working from one week to the next, making family and childcare commitments impossible.
Buckingham Palace uses the contracts for temporary staff working in its shop and the State Rooms during the summer.
A spokesman for the Royal Collection Trust, which employs the temporary workforce, denied that the deal equated to a zero-hour contract.
She conceded that employees were not guaranteed work but said rotas were issued around a month in advance, meaning workers could plan around their hours.
A copy of a staff contract from 2009 stated: ‘Your hours of work will be advised by the visitor manager and will be dependent upon the requirements for retail assistants at Buckingham Palace as and when required.’
Somewhere on the timeline of trying to return the middle class to slaves to serve inbred idiots like the “Royal” Windsor Parasites is Zero Hours Contracting for Temps.
While it might be a good thing to share some summer chump change with high school students who want to work at the palace and put it on the resume.
This whole intern, slave labor, on-call 24/7, show up or die kind of lazy, lazy, evil management with no benefits employment is something that is not down the road in America but just around the corner at Wal-Mart?