The wages of those who work on Christmas Day, has fallen by up to £1,000 a month since 2007, a study has found.
The workers in the study include security guards, nurses, doctors, police officers and cleaners.
According to figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), doctors’ wages are down £1,000 a month. Prison and police officers’ wages have fallen by more than £400, and for nurses by £100. The declines are a result of rising inflation and poor pay increases.
Members of the clergy, the majority of whom will work on Christmas Day organising church services, have seen their pay fall by £300 in real terms over the past 10 years.
The trade union said that apart from kitchen staff, most people having to forego a day off on 25 December have seen their wages fall over the past decade.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Seasonal goodwill is clearly in short supply on pay day.”
She added: “While many of us are tucking in to the turkey, the UK’s Christmas workforce will be hard at work keeping vital services running.
“But their wages are worth even less than they were a decade ago. 2018 should be the year that the Government finally get wages rising across the UK.”
In November, the Bank of England said it believes pay is rising across the UK, as unemployment falls to record lows.
Top policymakers said they were seeing “some evidence” that the long squeeze in incomes is coming to an end.
Victoria Clarke, an economist at Investec, thinks uncertainty over Brexit has been holding back pay as employers are cautious about costs. Employees are also nervous about asking for rises. But as inflation fades, workers should feel better off, she said.
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