Skip to main content

With last year’s Christmas effectively cancelled, just over half of UK workers are planning to take time off this year to enjoy the festive season and see loved ones.

According to the CV-Library survey of 2,000 workers, 38.5% of those taking time off are doing so just to make up for the lack of Christmas celebrations last year.

Of those questioned, 74% said they’re not offered any sort of incentive to work over the festive period and 55% don’t enjoy working at this time of year.

Those taking part in the survey were asked what the worst things were about working over Christmas (based on top 3 answers). They said:

  • Missing out on spending time with family and friends (77%)
  • Missing out on Christmas parties (22%)
  • Having to stay in the festive spirit, even though you’d rather be at home (22%)
  • Irritable/stressed customers and clients (20%)
  • Working longer hours (17%)

Considering becoming an employee of Contractor Umbrella?

Give us a call on 01206 591 000 or email

Email Jaime

They were also asked what the best things were about working over Christmas (based on top 3 answers):

  • Christmas bonuses (40%)
  • Christmas music (33%)
  • A more relaxed working environment (28%)
  • Staff social events (25%)
  • Jolly customers (23.4%)

Founder and CEO of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, commented, “With Christmas effectively cancelled in 2020, many want to celebrate and make the most of the festivities but, for numerous businesses, the Christmas period is the busiest and has a significant impact on annual profits. This year more than ever.

“Profits are vital, but a balance is required. The commitment and efforts of staff are key to success, and acknowledgment of this has never been more crucial. With staff retention a big issue, and much movement predicted for the 2022 job market, staff need to feel appreciated, motivated, and able to enjoy the festive period this year, where possible.”

To find out more about contracting please contact Jaime on 01206 591 000 or email

Take Home Pay Calculator