The number of people working on Christmas Day in the UK is expected to exceed the 4.5 million mark

13 December 2019

When you are tucking into your turkey dinner on Christmas Day, surrounded by loved ones and perhaps a bit merry from a couple of glasses of wine, spare a thought for those people who are required to work on 25 December and so will not have the luxury of relaxing and unwinding all day.

Research has highlighted that approximately 4.7 million UK individuals will work on Christmas Day this year. They will work a total of seven hours on average and one in five healthcare workers will be required to work on 25 December.

The study, conducted by One4all Gift Cards which drew responses from 1,382 UK workers found the following:

  • Although the average working day will consist of seven hours, nearly one in five – or 18%- of respondents will be required to work over nine hours on Christmas Day
  • Although the practice of working on Christmas Day was most prevalent within the healthcare sector, 11% of those employed within the arts and culture industry, 9% of HR staff, 8% in the legal industry and 7% in the catering, leisure and retail sector will also be working that day
  • The aspects of Christmas Day that respondents will miss the most are spending quality time with family (46%), eating a Christmas dinner (36%) and handing out presents (27%).

It isn’t all doom and gloom, however, as 33% revealed that they actually enjoy working over the festive period and 77% recognised that helping others embodies the true meaning and sentiment of Christmas.

The group marketing director at One4all Gift cards, Aoife Davey, commented:

 “Christmas is a special time and for many, it might be that one day in the year when they get to see loved ones and family members who live further afield, and so it’s a shame that so many are missing out due to work commitments."


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