T’was the night before Christmas and nothing stirred in the workplace…

21 December 2017

695 respondents confirmed that in the world of work there is huge variety in holiday close down during the seasonal period.

The question we asked was "Does your employer or your business close over the Christmas and New Year period?"

Answer options included:

  • No there are no closure days and 15% reported this to be the case for their employer
  • Yes we close for bank holidays saw 47% reporting that in their employment only bank holidays experienced a company wide close down
  • Finally, we have complete Christmas and New Year close down is to be enjoyed by 38% of respondents

And so it would appear that there will be many workplaces this year fated not to enjoy the scene of peaceful silence as in the Christmas poem where ‘… not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Our current quick poll that can be seen to the right of this article goes to the heart of new challenges facing payroll as a result of increasing complexity to the tax system following the Scottish draft budget proposals which propose to introduce a new 19p starter rate of tax, freeze the basic rate at 20p, introduce a new intermediate rate of 21p and an increase to both the higher rate and top rate by 1p respectively and we ask you whether your existing payroll software will cope with these changes from April 2018?

Thank you to all of you who have already completed the poll.