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Netherlands — 60% of workers prefer a bonus to a Christmas present

22 December 2009

A new survey by staffing agency Unique (subsidiary of USG People) reveals that more than 60% of workers prefer to receive a Christmas bonus from their employers rather than a Christmas present. In 2008 this choice amounted to only 48%.

Only 24% of employees prefer to receive a Christmas present compared to 35% in 2008. 6% were in favour of receiving their Christmas present in the form of a donation to a charity. Only 2% are in favour of giving up all forms of Christmas gratification altogether in order to save money for the company.

Unique Director, Sven Wansink, said "workers in The Netherlands have had a tough year. When we asked people about their preference last year at the beginning of the economic crisis, the Christmas bonus was already very popular. With all the uncertainty in the labour market at the moment it is therefore not surprising that even more people prefer a bonus to a nice present this year."



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