TUC finds emergency workers earn less at Christmas than in 2011

By agency reporter
December 27, 2016

Many people working on Christmas Day have seen their real wages fall in the last five years,  analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed .

The research, which looks at those working in hospitals and emergency services during Christmas, found that compared with real annual salaries in 2011:

  • Nurses’ pay is down £2,600;
  • Midwives’ pay is down £3,300;
  • Police officers’ pay is down £1,300;
  • Ambulance drivers’ pay is down £2,200;
  • Firefighters’ pay is down £3,200.

Last year thousands of emergency staff worked over Christmas to provide help during the Christmas floods.

In total, the TUC estimates that 900,000 people work on Christmas Day in the UK.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “For most of us, Christmas is a well-earned break from the daily grind. But nearly a million people will be working on Christmas Day this year.

“Many of those keeping our streets safe and providing emergency care have seen their pay fall sharply over the past five years."

She concluded: “Ministers should show some seasonal goodwill and end the real-terms pay cuts. The government’s Scrooge-like public sector pay cap has to go, to ensure that wages at least keep up with prices.”

* Statistical sources used in the analysis are: The  Office for National Statistics, NHS Employers, Office for Manpower Economics / Police Negotiating Board

* TUC https://www.tuc.org.uk/

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