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Nearly half (48%) of Brits have admitted to doing their Christmas shopping at work, spending an average 73 minutes doing so, according to My Voucher Codes.

The survey of more than 2,000 full-time workers found that 50% said they had never done Christmas shopping while at work, with the remaining 2% preferring not to say.

Men were more likely to spend work time shopping for Christmas presents than women, with 50% admitting to doing their Christmas shopping when they should have been working.

Personal mobile devices were the most popular tools for shopping online. Nearly six in ten (59%) of those who said they had ordered Christmas presents at work did so on their own smartphone or tablet. More than a third (38%) also said they had shopped using the company's computer.

The majority of respondents (28%) only spend around 20 minutes Christmas shopping in work time, however 17% admitted to spending nearly 2hrs shopping and 10% admitted to spend over 3hrs shopping for Christmas presents. This meant the average the amount of time workers spent Christmas shopping online during work time was 73 minutes.

Mark Pearson, from My Voucher Cloud, said: “At Christmas there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do everything we need, from planning and shopping to visiting friends and family, so it’s no surprise that people try and sneak some time at work to reduce some of the stress of the festive period. Taking into consideration being able to do shopping away from a spouse, you may need to shop for them at work, however as a business owner I would suggest using the lunch break for that.

“Obviously for businesses, shopping during work hours can be a concern. Some will have taken matters into their own hands and ban access to many unessential websites including retail, but combatting access on mobile devices is harder. This may lead employers to be even more vigilant, checking that their employees aren’t on their mobiles or tablets, however perhaps it is up to the employee to be better organised and perhaps taking time off work with their holiday allowance to do these tasks.”