The Cost of Christmas
There are only four weeks until Christmas! For those of us who are paid monthly/four-weekly this is just one or two pay days to save up! It’s that time of the year again, where inevitably we start paying extra attention to our bank accounts to make sure we have enough saved up for Christmas.
In 2013 British households planned to spend £822 on Christmas including £599 on gifts; £180 on food and drink; and £43 on cards, trees and decorations, an increase on the previous year [http://yougov.co.uk/news/2013/11/11/british-households-plan-spend-820-christmas/]. No doubt Christmas 2014 will prove to be a similarly costly affair.
Keeping Up With Christmas
In 2013, a third of people surveyed said that they have taken up extra work in the build up to Christmas to fund it [http://www.surveycompare.net/blog/cost-christmas-britain] and if you’re one of them, we have it wrapped up. Christmas and the holiday season has already generated an extra 2,983 jobs at the time of writing this [http://www.reed.co.uk/jobs/temporary?keywords=christmas&contract=True&perm=True] and that’s likely to increase. These jobs are broken down as follows:
- Transport & Logistics: 542
- Sales: 489
- Hospitality & Catering: 208
- Retail: 209
This makes sense as most jobs come from the retail sector and companies are looking for warehouse staff to pick and pack orders, drivers to deliver orders, and sales and customer service advisors to meet the seasonal demand in shops and stores.