Are We Paying the Christmas Workforce Enough?

A new report from RIFT tax refunds has revealed the financial cuts by employees when rewarding their staff for working Christmas Day.

The report, which was commissioned by the tax refund specialists and surveyed 2000 UK employees, revealed that a staggering 18% of employees will only get paid normal rate. 8% will receive time and a quarter, 20% will get time and a half, 35% will get double pay and 10% will receive triple pay for working on the 25th December.

50% of employees working Christmas Day did not get a choice, whilst 24% of employees believe the rota to be unfair.

According to a similar report by the Office for National Statistics, 3.3% of employees will be working Christmas Day, this is the equivalent of 1.04 million workers.

Clergy workers will be the most likely to work on the 25th with 60% of all employees within this occupation expected to work.

When asked how much notice employees get when working Christmas Day, 16% of employees stated that they will receive just 2 weeks’ notice.

Which occupations are working this Christmas?

According to recent reports, the following occupations will be the ones most likely to work this coming Christmas Day:

Occupation Level (thousands) As percentage of occupation
Clergy 22 60
Snr care workers 21 26
Midwives 12 26
Care workers and home carers 176 23
Police officers (sergeant and below) 30 18
Nursing auxiliaries and assistants 53 17
Farm workers 12 16
Nurses 97 15
Security guards and related occupations 25 15
Chefs 31 14
Bar staff 18 9
Medical practitioners 22 8
Waiters and waitresses 20 7
Kitchen and catering assistants 23 5
Cleaners and domestics 19 3

Which regions are paid the most to work Christmas?

The North East of England is the most likely to get paid triple time with 28% of employees receiving this wage for working on Christmas Day. Northern Ireland workers are the most likely to be paid the normal rate. A full breakdown of pay per region can be seen below:

Bradley Post, Managing Director of RIFT tax refunds, comments: “Christmas is a time for families and loved ones to meet and celebrate, however, we need to also pay tribute to those hard workers who keep the country running over the Christmas period.

Our research suggests that employees might not have a choice in working Christmas and where possible, I would like to see employers giving their staff some form of reward.”

1https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/adhocs/006428peoplewhoworkedonchristmasdaybyoccupationandpeoplewhoworkedonboxingdaybyindustry2014

(Source: RIFT Tax Refunds)

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