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Over 26,000 Christmas jobs still available, with bonuses up to £2,000

Christmas 2021 could be a great opportunity to add some extra pounds to your bank balance, as well as to your waistline.  We’ve spotted a huge array of temporary roles still open and enticing financial rewards on offer. It promises to be a season of opportunity for jobseekers, with over 26,000 temporary Christmas positions currently up for grabs.

Our data reveals there are still 26,307 Christmas jobs on offer across the UK, up from 13,668 this time last year. This winter, the biggest seasonal employers are hiring for over 130,000 additional staff.

Topping the list of companies still looking for seasonal workers are supermarket Tesco (871 jobs), delivery company Hermes (740 jobs) and supermarket Sainsbury’s (629 jobs). Card Factory (415 jobs) and Royal Mail (200 jobs) are also still advertising for hundreds of open Christmas roles. In total, ten of the largest seasonal employers are hiring 135,500 workers between them this Christmas. Tesco alone is taking on an additional 30,000 workers.

Two sectors dominate seasonal hiring: Retail and Logistics & Warehousing. The majority of roles available are for Customer Service sales roles, Picker/Packers, or Delivery Drivers. 

Table 1: Top 10 Christmas employers still hiring

 CompanyRoles AvailableAdvertised Vacancies
1TescoFestive Colleague871
2HermesDelivery Drivers740
3Sainsbury’sCustomer Advisers, Stock Assistants629
4Card FactorySeasonal Sales Assistant415
5Royal Mail7.5T Drivers, Class 1 Drivers, Seasonal Mail Sorters200+
6AmazonWarehouse Operatives, Sortation Operatives173
7BootsChristmas Customer Adviser157
8Butlin’sChristmas Funfair Ride Operators, Seasonal Lifeguards115
9New LookSeasonal Sales Adviser66
10Fortnum & MasonChristmas Warehouse Operatives, Christmas Sales Associates, Christmas Concierge Gifting Executive63


Bonuses of up to £2,000 on offer

Even if you’re just looking for a temp role, you can still benefit from the rising trend for cash bonuses, especially within talent shortage sectors.

Amazon is offering bonuses of up to £2,000 for seasonal warehouse workers, depending on the location. DPD is offering a £1,000 Christmas bonus for Warehouse Night Sorters, and Ocado,, and Hand Picked Hotels are all offering £500 seasonal bonuses. In total, 1,329 job openings are advertising a Christmas bonus for successful candidates.

If you’re looking for a temporary role to boost the coffers for Christmas, these financial extras may be very alluring!



Weird and wonderful Christmas jobs

After a limited array of festive job roles last year, 2021 also sees the return of kooky Christmas roles. We currently have 34 openings for Ice Rink Supervisors at locations ranging from Hampton Court Palace to Warwick Bridge, paying up to £15 per hour. 

Meanwhile, we’ve spotted openings for an Electrical Mate to help put up the Christmas lights around Yorkshire (at £14 – £15 per hour), and over 50 openings for Christmas Tree Sellers throughout the UK (paying £10 – £11 per hour).

If you love a festive costume, there are over 300 openings for Santas and Christmas Elves. These roles are often based at events such as Winter Wonderland and they pay up to £10.65 an hour.

Other weird and wonderful Christmas jobs on offer include openings for Turkey Pluckers, Gift Wrappers, and Christmas Caretakers.

The most lucrative winter position is for Snow Clearance Specialists, tasked with keeping aircraft stands and walkways safe at airports to keep them operating during inclement weather. Roles pay up to £435 per day at locations including Heathrow Airport.

The complete list of 20,000+ UK Christmas jobs can be found here.


Table 2: Top 10 Christmas employers

 CompanyTotal Seasonal Hiring, 2021
3Royal Mail20,000
7John Lewis7,000


Table 3: 10 Festive roles and what they pay

 Christmas JobAverage Salary (per hour)
1Ice Rink Supervisor£12.40 - £15.00
2Christmas Elves and Santas£9.62 - £10.65
3Christmas Tree Seller£10.00 - £11.00
4Seasonal Gift Wrapper £9.00 - £15.00
5Christmas Decorator£10.00 - £13.00
6Turkey Plucker£9.50 - £11.00
7Christmas Light Electrical Mate£14.00 - £15.00
8Christmas CaretakerUp to £17.44
9Pantomime Crew£9.00 - £11.00
10Winter Operative / Snow Clearance SpecialistUp to £30.00 (£435 per shift)


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