Large numbers prepare to work on Christmas Day

An increasing number of people are working on Christmas Day, with hospitals, hotels and pubs asking more staff to forego a festive break, according to a new study. The TUC said almost 172,000 workers were on duty on December 25th in 2010, a 78% increase compared with 2004.

There were equal numbers of men and women going to work on Christmas Day, with those in NHS and social care making up the biggest group.