With wages increasing, demand for staff growing and holidays being ‘forgotten’ it seems as if business owners in the UK are having to work on Christmas day.
During the Christmas period, it looks as if approximately 472,000 small business owners are working every day through according to a survey commissioned by Bizdag and conducted by Opinium.
The survey has implied that the cost of employees is an issue that is always growing. In fact, 2.3 million SME owners are avoiding hiring staff just because wages are constantly rising. To add to the struggles, you have apprenticeships and just 14% of SME owners are actually looking to hire an apprentice in the New Year.
If you thought working on Christmas day was bad enough, owners are also taking 11 days’ holiday less compared to their full-time employees. The research revealed that that within the North West owners are working an average of 1.4 days more within a 10-day period.
The survey also found that half of SME business owners are set to work every day of the Christmas holiday; 34% have said that they are planning on working as they simply cannot afford to take the time off whilst 17% cannot take the time off even if they wanted to as they do not have enough staff.
SEO of Bizdag, Sean Mallon comments;
“It is clear that small business owners are still being let down by successive governments. The hard work and effort put into running and building small businesses is not reflected in the government’s attitude towards them, despite employing 14.7 million across the UK. There have been many initiatives created with much noise, however the delivery has often been poor at best.
“The apprenticeship scheme as an example is a great idea, however, many small business owners still have very little knowledge or access to this, as evidenced by our report finding that only 14 per cent of small business owners plan on taking on an apprentice next year.”
He finishes with;
“To see that over 60 per cent of small business owners won’t get a break over Christmas goes to show the dedication and passion they possess, and with 43 per cent citing high taxes as a reason contributing towards having to work such long hours is very disappointing.”