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Tis' the Season for Bumper Pay: 14 Best Companies Hiring for Christmas Temp Jobs in 2021

Posted by Jill Cotton

PR and Marketing Manager, EMEA

Last Updated November 25, 2021

New research  from Glassdoor has found that shortages of labour this Christmas have pushed up the average wage for seasonal workers by 9 percent, the highest pay rise in years.

With employers struggling to find the thousands of workers needed for the festive season, mean hourly rates across the UK have increased in the pandemic from £8.69 in 2019 to £9.47 in 2021.

The retail, hospitality and logistics industries have been particularly hard hit and many are offering sign-on bonuses to attract workers to temporary roles over the Christmas period. For advice on how to secure a temporary job, check out this guide.

If you’re looking to earn extra money this Christmas, here’s our round up of 14 companies actively hiring for seasonal roles in the UK

  1. Royal Mail
  2. Next
  3. The LEGO Group
  4. Lidl
  5. Marks and Spencer
  6. Premier Inn
  7. Tesco
  8. Beaverbrooks
  9. Co-op
  10. Sainsburys
  11. Boots
  12. Zizzi
  13. William Hill
  14. B&M Retail

The Royal Mail is looking for nearly 20,000 extra people to ensure the safe delivery of children’s precious letters to Santa this December. Seasonal Mail Sorters, earning £13.45 per hour during the day/£15.75 per hour at night at the East London branch, need to be comfortable in a fast paced environment and happy to be on their feet for long periods of time.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Postperson, Software Engineer, Mailscreener, Seasonal Mail Sorters and  more

Employee Intelligence

“Excellent place to work: Great atmosphere and work philosophy by all.”- Delivery Office Manager, Crewe

2. Next

With thousands of seasonal positions to fill, Next wants workers to join its Christmas Support Team for 3-12 weeks to help over the festive season.  The hourly pay ranges from £6.55-£8.91 and benefits include 25% staff discount and first access to its legendary end of year sale.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Stockroom and Shop Floor Support Team more

Employee Intelligence

“The flexible working approach keeps me motivated and means that I can manage my work-life balance better...There is a very collaborative and progressive culture at Next and it's so refreshing to be in such a motivating environment. ”- Current Employee

With Lego being on the Christmas list of many children (and adults too), the Brand Retail team needs Sales Associates to join stores across the country. Flexible shifts and weekend work are available. No retail experience is necessary but energy and enthusiasm are vital.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Christmas Sales Associate and more

Employee Intelligence

“Working for a family-owned company who truly believe that everyone is awesome, ensuring the lives of children everywhere are improved through play and helping us to balance work and home life whilst maintaining a sense of support in our day-to-day projects and having fun is unique.”- Current Employee

4. Lidl

The supermarket with the much-loved middle aisle currently has more than 700 job openings across its stores. Customer Assistants will be working together as a team to ensure their store is clean, tidy and well-ordered so that customers can get the products they love and need. A variety of shifts are on offer and wages start from £9.50 per hour.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Customer Service Assistants, Warehouse Operatives, Cleaners, and more...

Employee Intelligence

“Really enjoyed my time here, it was a great company to work for. Would recommend to anyone looking for a new role”- Current Employee

Marks and Spencer predict that many customers will have completed their Christmas shopping by the end of November. So it’s no wonder they are recruiting 12,000 people nationwide. Pay starts at £9.50 per hour and the company is looking for colleagues who can deliver a great shopping experience for their customers, putting customers before tasks every time.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Customer Assistant, Hospitality Assistant and more...

Employee Intelligence

“Great induction process. Lovely staff. Opportunity to experience other departments and roles”- Customer Assistant, Oxford

The UK’s largest hotel chain is looking for both front and back of house team members to help the festive season run smoothly.  Benefits include a Whitbread Privilege Card, giving up to 60% discount on hotel rooms and 25% discount across its restaurant brands

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Reception, Housekeeping and more...

Employee Intelligence

“Great job: Since starting here everyone I work with have been so lovely and helped me whenever I have needed help.”- Housekeeping, Portsmouth

7. Tesco

Tesco is getting ready for its busiest time of the year and has openings for around 30,000 Festive Colleagues. With various shift patterns available, the supermarket is looking for team players who are driven by fantastic customer service.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Personal Shopper, Driver, Checkout Team and more...

Employee Intelligence

“Co-workers are friendly and plenty of overtime”- Customer Service Assistant, Belfast

With December being the most popular time for marriage proposals and jewellery being a Christmas present favourite,  family-owned Beaverbrooks needs retail support across its 72 UK stores. A bonus scheme, staff discount, wellbeing programme and paid charity days are just a few of the benefits.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Retail Sales Consultant and more...

Employee Intelligence

“Great team spirit and supportive colleagues. Plenty of work pattern notice so you can plan ahead. Great discounts on products and bonus paid on targets. Fab ongoing training.”- Sales Associate

9. Co-op

A variety of roles at locations across the country are open at Co-Op. Customer Assistant positions begin at £9.50 per hour with no experience required as full training is given. Teamwork is key and the company is actively building diverse teams and welcomes applications from everyone. 

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Customer Team Member, Drivers more...

Employee Intelligence

“Great company to work for, improving procedures and processes all the time, investing in staff development. Fun to work for and gives back to the community.”- Store Manager

2021 heralds Sainsbury’s’ biggest ever Christmas recruitment drive with 22,000 jobs created across Argos and Sainsbury’s. Temporary colleagues will work up until 8th January 2022 on fixed term contracts of between three and 12 weeks, paying from £9.50 per hour.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Trading Assistant, Customer Advisor,  Clothing Assistant, Online Assistant and more...

Employee Intelligence

“Lovely environment Flexible time Pay was good.” - Online Assistant, London

11. Boots

With 4,000 roles to fill across its UK stores and a further 1,000 in the warehouses, Boots promises no two days will ever be the same if you join their Christmas team. Full, part-time and weekend positions are all available and you’ll be paid weekly.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Trading Assistant, Customer Advisor,  Clothing Assistant, Online Assistant and more...

Employee Intelligence

“Good place to work with lots of benefits to pick from.” - Healthcare Assistant

12. Zizzi

Italian-inspired restaurant chain Zizzi is looking for front and back of house staff across the UK. Pay is up to £8.91 per hour plus tips and benefits include a discount card for 50% off at Zizzi & ASK.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Front of House Team Member, Assistant Manager, and more...

Employee Intelligence

“The team is very friendly and works harmoniously like a family. Provides you with support and help if needed.” - Kitchen Team Member

Full and part-time jobs with flexible hours are available across many of the company’s 1,500 stores. National Minimum Living Wage is paid as a minimum to all employees, not just those over 25, and there’s opportunity to develop if you take on a permanent position.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Retail Customer Service Assistant and more...

Employee Intelligence

Great team to work as part of, great benefits and flexibility within the role and you have lots of responsibility to make decisions“ - Current Employee, London

As one the UK’s fastest growing retailers, B&M is looking for permanent and casual workers to join teams across the UK and Northern Ireland. Part-time positions with variable shift patterns are available and applicants must be happy to work in a fast-paced environment.

Locations

Nationwide

Vacancies 

Customer Service Assistant, Replenishment Team, and more…

Employee Intelligence

“Really good place to work and people to work with. They have been great in training me in how things work. I really enjoy talking and helping customers.” - Current Employee

If you are looking for work this festive season, then check out all our open jobs.

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