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45% of self-employed freelancers will be working over Christmas period

Over half of self-employed freelancers have told ContractorCalculator that all they want for Christmas is a great big hug and to spend time with their family, reinforcing that the self-employed work tremendously hard for their clients – a fact backed up by the findings that 31% of them will have less than a week off over the holidays, and almost half (45%) will still be working for their clients.


These results are revealed in a survey conducted by the online platform that has become the expert guide to circa 100,000 freelancers and contractors every month since it was launched in 1999.


Of the 333 freelancers who took part in the survey:

-          56% just want a hug for Christmas

-          31% will be taking less than a week’s holiday at Christmas

-          45% will be working over the festive season

-          80% will not be attending their client’s Christmas party

-          69% will be doing their Christmas shopping online and 73% have not finished their shopping


Dave Chaplin, CEO and founder of Contractor Calculator, said, “It is no surprise that all freelancers and contractors want for Christmas this year is a big hug.  It’s been a tough year for them with more legislation and red tape getting in their way and the UK’s self-employed workers want to feel loved, appreciated and acknowledged for the hard work they do for UK plc throughout the year.


“The figures tell us that they are taking less time off over Christmas than employees with nearly half working over the festive season.  They don’t have time to go shopping so have to shop online.  And they don’t even get to party at Christmas.  Let’s hope they get the hugs they deserve.”


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