Techies Will Work Most Over Christmas

The UK’s leading discount site has seen a huge rise in late night buying online, prompting them to investigate the hours worked by Brits in the run up to Christmas. Half of IT workers are expecting to be called on at some point on Christmas Day.
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Nov. 29, 2009 - PRLog --, the UK’s leading discount site, which is used by more than 9 million people every single month has noticed a 53% rise in online shopping from 9pm onwards on work days throughout November compared to October.

This late-evening sales surge has prompted MyVoucherCodes to look at the festive working habits of Brits, and has found that the majority of IT workers are expecting to work over Christmas, with half working or on standby on Christmas day, more than any other profession.

The study of 1,410 workers has also found that IT workers work the least sociable hours of all Brits, with 4 in 5 saying they work after 7pm on at least 3 occasions throughout the week.

Journalists are amongst the employees working the most unsociable hours in the build up to Christmas also, with 2 in 3 saying they were expecting to be busy beyond 7pm in the coming month.

Despite large numbers of British workers expecting to work over the Christmas period, 23% said they’d be doing so for the same wage they normally work for.

42% of IT workers said they felt they were expected to work throughout Christmas rather than given the option.

Here is a list of the professions that expect to be working on Christmas Day,

1.   IT workers – 53%

2.   Emergency service staff – 51%

3.   Journalists – 48%

4.   Freight drivers – 46%

5.   Petrol station attendants – 41%

6.   Restaurant staff – 38%

7.   Pub staff – 36%

8.   Care workers – 33%

9.   Call centre workers – 29%

10.                Taxi drivers – 26%

Mark Pearson, founder of had the following to say,

“IT workers are often the unsung heroes of the workplace, putting in the hours before and after other workers arrive and leave.

“The majority of companies couldn’t operate without the maintenance provided by in-house and agency IT workers, and the sad fact is that many companies will also need them on standby throughout the festive period to ensure that all runs smoothly.

“The good news is that in terms of money saving voucher codes, we’ve never had more in the build up to Christmas, so no matter what time you’re shopping, you can be sure to find money off presents for friends and family. We have hundreds of tech and gadget discount codes, including 10% off Precision Workstations at Dell, so even if techies are working, they can still find some fantastic deals.”


For more information, please contact Shannon Haigh, 10 Yetis PR Agency on 01452 348 211 or

Editors Notes

MyVoucherCodes is officially the UK’s most popular discount voucher code website in the UK (accredited by Hitwise)

MyVoucherCodes has been featured on British TV on the BBC, ITV and Sky News, as well as being featured in every single national paper in the UK.

The site regularly achieves 9m unique visitors per month, and has saved Brits £52m in the last year.

MyVoucherCodes had sales exceeding £481m throughout the recession.
Source:Shannon Haigh
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