There are Christmas jobs available from October onwards. Early Autumn is a good time to start looking, particularly if you would like work as Santa or an elf in department stores and shopping centres.
It used to be just the Post Office and high street stores that brought in extra workers at this time, but now the online retailers need them too. On its busiest day Amazon receives 47 orders per-second (no wonder they’re taking on extra staff!)
It’s an insight into the way internet shopping is changing our lives, as increasingly more jobs are created to deal with online demand rather than typical shop work. This is particularly significant for young people who might find this is there first step on to the career ladder.
- Be a postie or sorter with Royal Mail
- Work in retail – get paid to get discounts
- Deliver catalogues and brochures
- Christmas bar work
- Sell your stuff online
- More ways to make money at Christmas
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The Christmas post is huge with all the cards and presents being delivered, so Royal Mail always needs extra help in the run-up to the big day.
They have a mix of full and part time indoor sorting positions on early, late and night shifts available from early November through until 23rd December at a number of sites across the UK.
If you look at their website here you will see PAGES of vacancies in all parts of the UK. These jobs do go fairly quickly so it’s a good idea to apply for them now to be in with a chance.
Rates vary from £7.50-£10.55 an hour depending what you are doing and where you are doing it.
Working in shops over the Christmas and New Year period has the double benefit of paying you an hourly rate and giving you access to staff discounts in some cases. Here are some big brands that are actively looking for seasonal help in store…
John Lewis is recruiting for what they call ‘temporary Partners’ to work in their stores across the country in the run-up to Christmas.
They are looking for people for two main roles:
- Selling Assistants
- Replenishment (Stock Management) Partners
If successful you will have a contract which may include weekend, early morning and late night working.
There may be the opportunity to increase your hours, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas so you could make extra cash if you want to.
Get seasonal work at your local John Lewis store by signing up here.
Debenhams gets very, very busy in the run-up to Christmas, particularly when they have their flash sales.
They need extra people to help for a few months, not just on the shop floor but also to help in their restaurants over the particularly busy Christmas and New Year period.
Marks and Spencer
They even have examples of people who have gone on to have full-time, permanent jobs with them after doing the temporary Christmas work.
Toys R Us
Toys ‘R’ Us are looking to recruit 1500 people for the run-up to Christmas in their stores and National Distribution Centre.
They want part-time new recruits to be involved in service, sales, cashiering, replenishment and internet orders.
If you’re interested you can visit your local store and pick up an Application Form. You can also find more at Toys R Us Recruitment. For example, they’re looking for a temporary Christmas salesperson right now in the Greys Branch as you can see here.
Adrian Wurr, Toys ‘R’ Us’ Training and Development Manager says “We want special individuals with friendly and outgoing personalities who enjoy being busy”.
They also say that retail experience, whilst not essential, would be helpful and an appreciation of parents’ and children’s needs will be especially valued. Flexibility is essential as shifts may vary throughout the week.
Amazon is mega-busy in the run-up to Christmas and need a lot of extra people in their distribution centres – an extra 19,000 in fact! The majority of these roles will be in the company’s warehouses and customer service centres across the country.
Amazon has 16 distribution centres: Swansea Bay caters for Wales and the West, in the South of England is Hemel Hempstead and Dunstable, then in the rest of England there’s Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugely, Manchester, Leicester and two in Doncaster. In Scotland the Dunfermline and Gourock sites make up the UK map of Amazon plus centres in Daventry, Coventry, Tilbury (Essex) and a third Doncaster depot.
Click here to find out what Amazon jobs are available, select the vacancy you’re interested in and then apply.
Argos are looking for over 10,000 seasonal workers to help with the Christmas rush.
They say “customer advisors and stock assistants are being sought to support over 840 Argos stores to meet customer demand for toys, home products, video games, technology, sports and other popular Christmas gifts.
The number includes Fast Track drivers who will need great customer service skills to support Argos’ store to customer door distribution service.”
They’re also looking for customer service advisors, stock assistants and customer advisors for clearance bargains.
Everyone will have a minimum of ten hours work per week (or six for weekend staff). Initial contracts are around three to four months, but some roles could become permanent at the end of the season. See their website for details (only available around Christmas time).
There is also money to be made delivering catalogues and brochures over the festive season.
Often these deliveries can be done in your own time, which is great if you’re busy preparing for Christmas.
Check out websites like
…and your local papers and newsagents, for jobs.
Just watch out for companies that ask for cash deposits for the items you’re delivering as they are likely to be scams.
As with high street stores, pubs and bars often take on extra staff over holiday periods and particularly at Christmas.
If you’re willing to work on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, you can expect double the usual hourly rate. Apply now, as these jobs tend to go pretty quickly.
It may sound too good to be true, but you really can get paid to party.
Clubs in cities all over the country need more punters to come through their doors and spend money. So if you love clubbing, have lots of friends and you’re reasonably organised, you can make money by bringing extra people through the doors and spending money at the bar.
Admittedly at the Christmas and New Year period most clubs won’t need much help getting people through the door, but they still might on quieter nights like Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Also, as they get busier they will need extra help from doormen, bar staff and host and hostesses, so get into your local clubs now and find out what help they will be needing over the festive season so that you can be the first one they speak to.
Now is a great time to upload things you don’t want to various online selling sites and use that money to buy presents. You could even buy them on the same sites you’re selling your stuff.
If you have books, CDs, DVDs and games that you would like to sell for instant cash, Ziffit. is the great place to go.
It’s easy – just scan the bar-code on each item using the Ziffit app and you will find out instantly how much you could get for each.
If you’re happy with the figure, they pay via PayPal or cheque and postage is free. Take a look here for more detail on how to sell on Ziffit.
As you know, you can sell pretty much anything on eBay. In fact, even if you have broken or damaged items, it’s possible to sell those too.
The other great thing about eBay is that once you have made money selling your junk, you can then buy Christmas presents for less on the site.
It’s not the only place to sell your junk as you can see here. It’s certainly worth trying your local Facebook groups, Gumtree and eBid for different items. Still, though, for gadgets, collectibles and more, eBay is very handy!
Do you have gift vouchers from last Christmas that you still haven’t used – and you’re not likely to use??
You can make money out of them on Zeek, a marvellous site that enables you to make cash from your unused gift vouchers and buy new ones for less.
be a santa
High street shops and supermarkets will still be taking on extra staff in other areas than just serving customers.
Big stores, shopping centres and even outdoor Council-run areas look for Santas for their kids’ grottos and also elves to help Santa.
So as you can see from our article there’s always a demand for Santas and elves. If you’re good at performing, have some experience entertaining kids and, importantly, have a DBS check, then you could make money as either a Santa or elf.
make christmas hampers to sell
Everyone loves a hamper but they’re pretty expensive.
However, if you’re creative you could make hampers and sell them at car boot sales, markets and even through local independent shops.
It’s something you can do with boxes, pots and even watering-cans that you have at home!
So long as you know how to make things look pretty you can use
- cosmetics and foods from pound shops
- home-made cakes and sweets
- artisan oils, spices and vinegars
- home-made cosmetics and toiletries
- anything else that looks cool!
Get creative and any you don’t sell will make presents for your friends and family.
brush up your cv
If you’re looking to get a temporary job then make sure you know how to write a killer CV, it can make all the difference as there can be a lot of competition for seasonal work.
If you haven’t been employed for a while then read our article on how to overcome long-term employment for all our top tips.
In fact, going for temporary work in the run-up to Christmas could be a really good way of getting out of the rut of being unemployed. It will enable you to get something solid on your CV and, in some cases, potentially lead to permanent work in the same place.
Use the run-up to Christmas as a time to buy bits and pieces each week for the festive season. An extra jar, packet or bottle of something each week is manageable and means it won’t be such a burden in December
Make the most of the seasonal period, think of it as a great opportunity to bag yourself a great job so you really can have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Let us know in the comments below if you have come up with your own ideas for this season!