With Christmas hurtling towards us, (just 10 days away), companies and their workers are beginning to wind down and prepare for a well-deserved break over Christmas.
However, for many self-employed workers, this is not the case. Instead, Christmas is a hectic time. Trying to get as much work done as possible, construction workers face being unable to work (or earn money) for several days of the month. Unlike employees, self-employed workers don’t receive holiday pay. And, any time taken off instead results in them missing out on their wages. With excess amounts being spent around Christmas too, some self-employed workers can’t afford to take much time off during the festive period.
To make up for the financial strain of Christmas, many workers, have to work between Christmas and New Year. Along with the financial side of things though, self-employed workers also miss out on quality time spent with their family and friends.
Therefore, it is not surprising that last year, it was found that more than half of self-employed contractors simply wanted a hug for Christmas. The survey found that specifically 56% just wanted a big old hug for Christmas and the opportunity to spend time with their families.
Of those surveyed, it was also found that 31% don’t even have a week off over Christmas. Instead, they take as little time off as possible in order to get back to work and bring in the money.
It can be safely said that the self-employed are well and truly a hard-working bunch. Backed up by the fact that 45% of contractors will be working over the festive season.
However, this isn’t the end of the issues that can face construction workers over Christmas. Along with money worries, and not getting to spend time with the family, construction workers also have to deal with the terrible weather conditions on site. In fact, it has been reported that there is a higher risk of on-site injuries during the winter months. Take a look at how you can stay safe from the cold here.
But, with Christmas now right around the corner, self-employed workers have got to make a tough decision. Have time off to spend with the family? Or go to work to earn the money needed to pay the bills?
Overall, there are many benefits to being self-employed. However, there are also a lot of cons that come along with it too. These are especially heightened around Christmas as well. Take a look at the best (and worst) things about being self-employed here.
So what do you think of this? Are you self-employed? How much time have you got off over Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.