Around 130,000 will be at work on Christmas Day across the south east, according to the TUC.
It is urging everyone to spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands of people who will be working this Christmas Day.
The TUC estimates that nationally the number of employees who will work on December 25 is likely to exceed 900,000 this year – an increase of 42,000 (5 per cent) over the last three years.
A TUC spokesman said: ‘Care workers (168,000) and medical staff (152,000) account for a big share of those working. In what is likely to be a busy festive period for the NHS, 89,000 nurses, 46,000 nursing assistants and 17,000 doctors will all be on duty.
‘And a large army of chefs (42,000), kitchen assistants (22,000), waiting (15,000) and bar staff (13,000) will be working in hotels, pubs and restaurants.
‘In addition, 22,000 police officers and 28,000 security guards will be at work. And 15,000 farm workers will be making sure that animals are being looked after.
‘Christmas Day services will also see 20,000 members of the clergy kept busy.’
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Christmas Day is a special day that millions of us spend with our nearest and dearest.
“So we should all spare a thought for the people who will be hard at work while we’re opening our presents, tucking into the turkey and relaxing with our families.
“Many on duty on Christmas Day will be on low pay, especially in sectors like hospitality and social care.
“Let’s stop and remember all those who keep the services we rely upon running during the Christmas break.”
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