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A survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has revealed that approximately one in four (24%) of employers will be taking on seasonal staff this year. Of the employers who were asked whether they would be hiring more Christmas staff this year, 15% said that they would be hiring the same as last year, and nearly 1 in 10 (9%) said they would be hiring more Christmas staff this year. Two thirds of employers (67%) questioned do not hire any seasonal staff.
Workers taken on to meet high Christmas demand may also find that their seasonal temping job turns into a permanent position, with 27% planning to keep some temps on in the New Year and a further 1 in 3 (32%) have still not decided whether they will keep these temps after Christmas.
REC Chief Executive Kevin Green said: “This is great news for people looking to find work this Christmas and shows that temporary work can act as a stepping stone into full-time permanent jobs for people who want to make that transition.”