Will you be working over Christmas?

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

64% Yes

36% No

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

IT is a round-the-clock operation, which is reflected in the fact that two-thirds of respondents to this week's Big Question will be working over the festive period.

IT operations manager Desmond Runcorn said, "IT departments generally try to run a skeleton outfit over the festive period. However, when working for an international organisation it is very common to be working over Christmas, especially if you are in a support role these are the unfortunate ones the banks [and other firms] rely on."

Runcorn said home working facilities could be exploited where possible to ease the impact on staff, but others said it was a situation that was getting worse.

"I may have old fashioned views, but I feel that it really should be a time spent with my family," said one respondent.

"This year I had to ask for a lot of out-of-hours work from staff, and I am being forced to call some of the team in on Boxing Day - something I am totally against and have never done before."

Some IT departments rely heavily on contractor cover over Christmas, and one IT contractor managed to see a silver lining.

"I am covering the morning, so will be on call from midnight to midday on Christmas Day," he said. "But I will be off duty just in time to enjoy Christmas lunch - and I will have avoided peeling the sprouts into the bargain."

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