31/07/2013 06:34 BST

Buckingham Palace And Cineworld Hire Staff On 'Zero-Hour' Contracts, Guardian Reports

Crowds of well wishers are seen outside Buckingham Palace the day after the royal birth of healthy baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the 22nd July 2013. He weighed albs 6oz.

Buckingham Palace, a leading cinema chain and one of Britain's best known art galleries are among a group of high profile employers who sign staff up to so-called "zero-hours" contracts to keep employment costs at a minimum.

Two days after it emerged that retailer Sports Direct employs 20,000 staff on zero-hours terms, the Guardian has established that the royal family's London residence, along with Cineworld and the Tate galleries, hire workers under the controversial employment practice.