Employees would prefer to be given a bonus at Christmas rather than a party as they do not want to celebrate with someone who may sack them, a careers website says.

People are concerned about keeping their jobs and do not want to attend a social occasion when they are worried, according to Monster.

Research by the company shows 90 per cent of workers would prefer cash to a Christmas party and three percent voted for a celebration.

Corinne Mills, human resources advisor at Monster, said the last people worried employees want to party with is somebody who is going to make them redundant.

“You’ve got to be realistic about these things. If it’s a social occasion, people are worried, people are scared as they might be out of a job in January,” she added.

According to research by the British Greyhound Racing Board, 43 per cent of workers hate having to be sociable with people they have nothing in common with.