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Carpenters are tradespeople most likely to work on Christmas Day

Joseph may have had Christmas Day off for personal reasons but almost a third of carpenters expect to be working on December 25 this year.

A survey by IronmongeryDirect showed 29 percent of them anticipate they will have to pick up their tools on Christmas Day. They include electricians, roofers, joiners, plumbers and bricklayers.

And almost a fifth have already been roped into doing jobs for friends and family over the holiday season.

Overall more than a fifth of UK tradespeople will be working on the traditional day off this year due to the cost of living crisis and a third said that they are taking less time off than in previous years.

Almost two fifths of tradespeople feel they will have to work on at least one of the bank holidays - Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day- a time usually reserved for relaxing with friends and family.

This is mainly due to finances, with nearly one in five tradespeople unable to afford as many days off as they used to.

Age is also a factor, as younger workers are more likely to work all the way through the festive season. More than a third of millennial tradespeople, aged 25-34 years, said they will be doing jobs on Christmas Day, just ahead of Gen Z with 30 percent of 18-24-year-olds working.

On average, tradespeople are planning to take five days off this December.

However, they're unlikely to be able to fully relax, as 17 percent said friends and family have already got jobs lined up for them to do around the house.

Dominick Sandford, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: "It's been an incredibly tough couple of years for tradespeople, and the cost of living crisis is yet another challenge facing the industry and its workforce.

"Sadly then, it's perhaps unsurprising that so many feel unable to take much time off this Christmas, but it's important that after such a relentless 2022, tradespeople get the break they deserve.

"Wherever possible, we would urge workers to push jobs back slightly and take the time to rest and be with their loved ones."

The UK tradespeople most likely to be working on Christmas Day are:

Carpenter- 29 percent

Electrician- 25 percent

Building Surveyor - 25 percent

Roofer - 25 percent

Joiner - 24 percent

Plasterer -24 percent

Builder - 22 percent

Window Fabricator - 21 percent

Plumber- 21 percent

Landscaper - 21 percent

Painter Decorator - 12 percent

Bricklayer - 12 percent

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