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UK – 6,000 seasonal jobs unfilled as demand soars

04 December 2013

A new study from online recruitment search engine Adzuna.co.uk has revealed that over 6,000 Christmas jobs are still available in the UK, an impressive +50% increase on last year, as employers struggle to cope with the festive rush. The big British retailers are hiring almost +5% extra staff this winter, amounting to thousands of temporary roles flooding the market, while many smaller employers continue to seek additional support for the festive season.

The largest proportion of this year’s vacancies were in the Hospitality, Logistics, and Sales sectors. As of the 3 December 2013 there are still 875 Catering, 707 Warehouse, and 640 Sales vacancies waiting to be filled around the country.

London and the South continue to be vacancy hot-spots, playing host to almost 40% of the available roles in the UK. The lowest number of Christmas jobs are in the North East, with just 2.7% of the vacancies based in the area.

This Christmas period brings with it some extremely lucrative opportunities as well. On-call doctors, event managers, and Christmas Day drivers can demand an eye-watering £60 per hour this December. At the other end of the spectrum, turkey pluckers, bar staff, and gift wrappers are among the worst paid, commonly on the minimum wage.

Those looking for something different this Christmas can choose from myriad of weird and wonderful vacancies this December. Jobs as reindeer display handers, Christmas present demonstrators, and festive storytellers are all on offer this year and are paying in the region of £8 per hour.

Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, commented, “With widespread predictions of a record-breaking Christmas for the retail industry and beyond, it is not surprising to see the big recruiters hiring ever greater numbers of temporary employees over this month. Jobseekers looking for extra cash this Christmas should head to the South of England where the vast majority of the opportunities lie.”

Top Christmas Jobs by Sector:

Job Sector Average Salary Number of Christmas Jobs
Hospitality & Catering Jobs £8.63 per hour 875
Logistics/Warehousing Jobs £6.31 per hour 707
Sales Jobs £8.38 per hour 640
Retail Jobs £7.13 per hour 527
Customer Service Jobs £6.50 per hour 457

Best Paying Christmas Jobs

Job Title Pay (per day)
Locum GP £850
Emergency Nurses £770
Christmas Day Driver £750
Lead Christmas App Develope £550

Worst Paying Christmas Jobs

Job Title Pay (per hour)
Christmas Card Sorter £6.31
Christmas Care Workers £6.31
Gift Wrappers £6.50
Festive Waiting Staff - Silver Service £6.50
Customer Service Stars £6.75

Top Regions for Christmas Jobs

Region Number of Jobs Average Pay (per day)
London 1,348 £94
South East 1.146 £79
South West 584 £75
Eastern England 574 £71
North West 521 £70


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