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North Pole – Santa has now left the building

23 November 2012

In the UK thousands of seasonal jobs remain unfilled as firms struggle to recruit temporary staff, especially those in sales, retail and customer service, according to a new report from Adzuna.co.uk. This is not the case in Poland, where the number of companies employing temporary workers in the Christmas period has been growing over the last few years. However, the number of offers of Santa Claus jobs has decreased.

With Christmas arriving in a matter of weeks, the report from Adzuna.co.uk reveals that over 4,200 seasonal jobs are yet to be filled as employers struggle to recruit temporary staff to cope with the festive rush. The website has seen a huge spike in demand for temporary workers in sales, hospitality, retail and customer service, with clear indications that employers are willing to pay 4% more than average for seasonal staff. 

The Royal Mail (whose difficulties we covered in the news last winter) & Sainsbury’s top the list of Christmas employers once again this year, recruiting over 30,000 Christmas workers this winter between them (10% up on last year).  High Street chains like Nando’s and Pizza Express appear to be struggling to recruit enough staff this December with hundreds of vacancies still advertised between them.

In hospitality there are over 640 chef, waiter & bar staff vacancies still open around Britain. Retail and Sales job sectors are also rich with vacancies this season, particularly in the North East, and are offering applicants a healthy pay packet of up to £126 per day.  

Andrew Hunter, cofounder of Adzuna, commented, “Christmas, this year, will see the temporary and part-time employment market booming as businesses recruit extra staff to cope with the festive rush.   Seasonal roles give candidates hard-to-find work experience which can lead to permanent job opportunities in the New Year - this is particularly important given the state of youth unemployment in Britain today.”

In Poland the number of roles are up slightly this year compared to last , but there is no clear information about how many are being filed.  According to Justin Ścigler of the  ManpowerGroup, the first orders they receive were at the end of October and most occurs in late November and December. Saint Nicholas Day, which is celebrated on the 6th December in Poland, comes before the peak needs of our customers, he said. 

According to the agency, the areas which take most temporaries are unsurprisingly beauty, drugstores, clothing stores, gift trading companies, and FMCG companies including groceries and cleaning products. The average salary of temporary staff during the holiday season is about 12 zł gross per hour (€2.92),  there are also better paid offers from 15 to 23 zł (€3.64-5.59).

In the UK the worst paid jobs are Santa's helpers and Gift Wrapper jobs. However in Poland there has been a decreased the number of Santa Clauses, with fewer orders than a few years ago.  This part of the market has been taken over by specialized companies that offer customers more comprehensively prepared Santas and other Christmas characters said a representative from Randstad.

To read more about the Polish market click here.

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