Thousands of temporary Christmas jobs are on offer this year, with employers appealing to those who need to top up their income.
Over 26,000 temporary Christmas positions are on offer across the UK this year, double that available during the uncertainty of last year, according to job search engine Adzuna.
Adzuna analysed over 1.2 million jobs available in November and found that there are currently 26,307 Christmas jobs on offer across the UK, up from 13,668 this time last year, with the biggest seasonal employers hiring for over 130,000 additional staff this winter. At a time of skills shortages in many of the sectors involved, employers are hoping that people will be looking to boost their income with extra cash.
Topping the list of companies still looking for seasonal staff are supermarket Tesco (871 jobs), delivery company Hermes (740 jobs) and supermarket Sainsbury’s (629 jobs). Card Factory (415 jobs) and Royal Mail (200 jobs) are also still advertising for hundreds of open Christmas roles. Adzuna says 10 of the largest seasonal employers are hiring 135,500 workers between them this Christmas, with Tesco alone taking on an additional 30,000 workers.
Two sectors dominate seasonal hiring: Retail and Logistics & Warehousing. The majority of roles available are for Customer Service sales roles, Picker/Packers, or Delivery Drivers.
Some employers are offering bonuses due to hiring difficulties. Amazon is offering bonuses of up to £2,000 for seasonal warehouse workers, depending on the location. DPD is offering a £1,000 Christmas bonus for Warehouse Night Sorters, and Ocado, AO.com, and Hand Picked Hotels are all offering £500 seasonal bonuses. Adzuna says 1,329 job openings are advertising a Christmas bonus for successful candidates.
Jobs on offer include Ice Rink Supervisors at locations ranging from Hampton Court Palace to Warwick Bridge, paying up to £15 per hour.; Christmas Tree Sellers; Santas and Elves; Turkey Pluckers; Gift Wrappers; and Snow Clearance Specialists, which pays up to £435 per day at locations including Heathrow Airport.
Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, says: “Christmas a great opportunity for jobseekers to add some extra pounds to their bank balances, as well as to their waistlines. For students, those who have recently come off furlough, or those simply looking for a ‘stop gap job’ before a career change, these openings will help relieve some of the financial pressures that can come with the festive season.”