Increasing numbers of Britons are turning to second jobs so they don’t miss out on their summer holiday this year, a new study has shown.
There has been a 90% rise in the number of second-job workers. Over the past 12 months the figure is up 177% according to freelance jobs specialist PeoplePerHour.com.
Faced with rising energy costs, lower pay, rising prices and inflation, summer is becoming a drought for those hoping to spend money on having fun in the sun, the company claims
Average energy bills are already £177 higher today than they were three years ago and are expected to rise by another 10% this year. British workers are taking home just over £1,000 less than two years ago, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research and the Institute of Social and Economic Research.
As a result, more Britons are becoming increasingly worried that they won’t be able to afford to go on holiday this year. A recent poll by Harris Interactive revealed that a quarter had already cancelled holiday plans, while 75% of holidaymakers were 'somewhat concerned' about being unable to afford a break.
Around 20% of people said they would do whatever it takes to ensure their holiday plans went ahead as usual.
PeoplePerHour.Com founder and cheif executive Xenios Thrasyvoulou said: “Instead of turning their back on the summer, more and more British people are summoning up the British spirit and working harder in order to play harder this summer.
“Thousands of British people are now taking second jobs and coming up with original ways to earn money in order to make the most of what looks set to be the best British summer on record.”
For example, PeoplePerHour said, more people than ever before are using their skills to make fast cash, from cake making to card designing, sewing, booking keeping and illustrations.
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