Will you be working on Christmas Day? You might be surprised how many are

PUBLISHED: 10:15 24 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:15 24 December 2014

Travel Channel presenter Jenny Powell

Travel Channel presenter Jenny Powell


Will you be working tomorrow, on Christmas Day?

People in the South East are most likely to do a shift on December 25, according to a new survey.

The statistics also revealed one in four Brits spend Christmas alone, with more than a third of those aged between 25 and 35 years old.

In the past five years one in five Britons (21 per cent) has worked on Christmas Day – one in four (25 per cent) of those being men and nearly one in five (18 per cent) women.

It is the 25 to 34 age group who are the most likely to be found working (37 per cent) almost double those aged 35 to 44 (21 per cent).

Those in the South East are the most likely to be working a shift, followed by Londoners (26 per cent) whereas the North West, East and South West have the lowest percentage of shift work, each at just 17 per cent.

People also struggle to relax on Christmas Day, the survey showed, with nearly a quarter of people nationwide admitting to checking work emails as they hit the mulled wine and mince pies.

The findings are according to a survey of 2,000 people commissioned by Travel Channel in the UK.

Travel Channel presenter Jenny Powell said: “It’s astonishing to see that over a third of 25 to 35 year olds have spent a Christmas alone, it is not an age group you would think would be on their own.

“However with the survey revealing how many of us have to work over Christmas, times do seem to be changing.

“I really do hope they get to talk to their families and friends as for me that is the most important thing.

“Also, turn your work phones off.”

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