Two million choose to work Christmas shifts

More
than two million Britons will be working over Christmas – most of them by
choice.

A
survey by recruitment group Reed, shows that many younger employees are tempted
to do extra work because of cash incentives. Others polled say they see working
as an opportunity to escape festive stress.

The
research shows that around 7 per cent of employees will be working throughout
the Christmas season, while 11 per cent will only be taking the minimum amount
of time off – Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The
statistics indicate that more than two-thirds will be working of their own free
will. However, those employed in the retail and service sectors – such as
shops, pubs and hotels – are less likely to be given a choice. Reed suggests up
to 500,000 workers have been ordered to work by their bosses.

By Quentin Reade

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