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Choose from these 50,000 temporary Christmas roles up for grabs this festive period

LOOKING for a new job? Christmas has come early.

The number of festive vacancies is up 244 per cent on this time last year.

Chocs away – Tesco alone will need 15,000 temp staff to help out through the festive season

Whether you want to top up your income to beat the cost of living crisis, switch careers or return to work, seasonal roles offer new skills and can boost your CV.

One in five temporary Christmas workers are hired permanently, so it’s a great way to make contacts and try out a new sector.

This week, Sunemployment has 50,000 festive jobs with tens of thousands more to follow next week, so read on for all yule need to know.


TESCO is taking on 15,000 temps. The chain’s people director, Rachel Bushby, said: “This is a good opportunity for anyone looking to boost their income or who needs a stepping stone back in to work.”

Machine operator Mehboob Ismail, 50, lost his job when the pandemic hit and took a Christmas temp role at his local Cheetham Hill superstore in Manchester.

It became permanent and he now works in the produce department. He said: “My advice to anyone considering taking up a festive job is just give it a go.

“Tesco gave me a chance, at my age with no qualifications, and I love working here.” Apply now at

WAITROSE and JOHN LEWIS are recruiting for more than 10,000 seasonal positions. See

Mehboob Ismail’s Christmas temp role became permanent at his local Cheetam Hill Tesco superstore

Discount giant ALDI needs 3,000 staff. Store assistants earn a minimum hourly rate of up to £10.50 nationally and £11.95 inside the M25. Apply at

THE PERFUME SHOP has 1,000 Christmas sales assistants roles available, with many staff hired for permanent jobs. Search at

SUPERDRUG needs 400 sales staff. You can speak to your local store manager or apply at


CURRYS has 1,000 roles in its retail and supply chain, including delivery and install drivers and gas engineers.

Vitalijs Salcs from Bristol started working as a seasonal driver for Currys and is now a specialist lorry driver for the firm

Vitalijs Salcs from Bristol, started working as a seasonal driver two years ago and is now a specialist lorry driver for the firm.

The 41-year-old said: “Currys love to promote within the workforce, so if you are considering a career change, it will certainly give you a great opportunity.”

Apply at

EVRI is offering roles for 4,000 couriers and 1,200 warehouse/depot staff. For warehouse roles, see Apply for courier jobs at

YODEL needs 4,000 workers to cover roles including employed and self-employed couriers, day and night parcel sorters, and team managers.

Find out more at yodel or text “Deliver” to 84433.

Logistics giant GXO has 9,000 jobs. See


WHAT’S the key to landing a Christmas role? ’Elf-confidence, of course.

That’s the advice from leading Department of Work and Pensions Work Coach Katherine Davey.

Work coach Katherine Davey explains how to land a seasonal role

Each year she helps hundreds of people land seasonal jobs.

She said: “It’s important jobseekers take active steps to consider new opportunities and adopt a flexible approach.”

Here are her top tips:

1. DON’T WAIT: Research vacancies now. The sooner you start, the better chance you have of finding the right role.

2. PREPARE: Brush up on the business you apply to. The more you know, the better you will present at interview.

3. ADAPT YOUR CV: Tailor how you showcase your experience and skills to mirror what the position needs.

4. UTILISE JOB HELP: The government website is the biggest source of seasonal jobs. See

5. THINK BEYOND XMAS: Many temporary roles can lead to permanent positions. So, be a team player, treat the role as permanent, express interest, learn new skills and show your value.


SANTAS are in huge demand with plenty of grotto places to fill.

Vacancies for Father Christmases across the UK are up 183 per cent on last year and 49 per cent higher than in 2019, according to hiring platform Indeed.

Roles for Santa’s elves are also 96 per cent higher than the same time last year. There are currently 203 Santa jobs and 207 elf roles.

Jack Kennedy from Indeed said: “Christmas hiring is well underway.”



CHRISTMAS spending leads to a spike in demand for customer service jobs, with firms recruiting for the rush now.

FM Outsource is hiring 400 customer service advisors for both remote and office-based roles, supporting household names including Hotel Chocolat, FedEx and Pret A Manger.

Martin Brown, CCO of FM Outsource said: “Many of our current senior management team started their career with us as customer services advisors.

“Taking an advisor role offers the opportunity to develop into a permanent team member.”


Meanwhile, recruitment firm Kura has 45 full-time sales and customer service vacancies.

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