BT: flat rate of £280 a day for staff on call on 31 December or 1 January plus £55 hourly bonuses, on top of existing bank holiday premiums.

Cable and Wireless: four times basic pay between 31 December and 3 January plus£250 a day for those working on 31 December or 1 January.

Bradford and Bingley building society: double the bank holiday standby payment, plus triple pay for call-outs, time in lieu, a gift of a hamper of champagne and chocolates and reimbursed taxi fares for travel to work.

BBC:£200 bonus for working on 31 December or 1 January. plus£300 for hours worked between 9pm on 31 December and 9am on 1 January.