Christmas temp jobs 2021 UK: companies now hiring for this festive season

Need to earn extra cash for Christmas? These 15 high street retailers are hiring now, including Boots, M&S and John Lewis – just make sure you apply soon as the deadlines are looming!

If you need to earn some extra cash then you might consider taking up a temp job in the run up to Christmas.

Getting a seasonal job can be a great way to boost cash flow without having to commit to a position long-term. 

Most high street shops are looking to hire extra staff to meet higher demand, so we've created a list of 15 major retailers who are recruiting staff alongside the positions, salaries, and perks that each one offers.

Please be aware that the salaries provided are an estimate based on selected available listings and may vary slightly due to your age, the role or location.

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Retailers now hiring (in alphabetical order)

Looking for a job that might start sooner? H Samuel, Ernest Jones, John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Poundland and Tesco have vacancies with application deadlines this month.

Argos

Argos are on the lookout for new staff over the festive period and offer a 10% discount in Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

Seasonal positions available: customer advisor; stock assistant; delivery driver.

Salary: £9.50-£10.50 / hour

Application deadline: not specified.

Boots

Boots are advertising for seasonal employees for a range of hours per week, both part-time and full-time.

Seasonal positions available: customer advisor; customer assistant.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: not specified.

Card Factory

Retail experience isn't needed to apply for a seasonal role at Card Factory and all staff get various discounts via its employee benefits platform.

Seasonal positions available: sales assistant; stock assistant.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: not specified.

Christmas cards. (Image: Shutterstock)

Clintons

Clintons offers a 40% staff discount to all of its employees, making Christmas card shopping a little bit easier.

Seasonal positions available: team member.

Salary: £4.97-£8.91 / hour, varies by age, role and location.

Application deadline: not specified.

H Samuel / Ernest Jones

H Samuel and Ernest Jones, which offer a staff discount, are both currently recruiting for Christmas, but application deadlines vary, so apply quickly if you’re interested. 

Seasonal positions available: sales associate.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: Varies depending on location.

John Lewis / Waitrose

A handy perk of working at John Lewis or Waitrose during the holiday season is that most of the stores are shut on Boxing Day, while salaries are comparatively quite generous.

Seasonal positions available: sales assistant; stock assistant; catering assistant; supermarket assistant

Salary: £9.26-£13.23 / hour depending on role, age and location.

Application deadline: Some roles have application deadlines this month, but other roles have later ones.

John Lewis at Christmas (Image: Shutterstock/Pajor Pawel)

Marks & Spencer

M&S has a huge variety of positions available and offers a 20% discount to all staff.

Seasonal positions available: sales floor customer assistant; cafe customer assistant.

Salary: between £9.20 and £10.25 / hour

Application deadline: Varies, but lots are in October so it’s best to apply quickly.

New Look

You'll have to apply quickly for a Christmas job at New Look, as some applications to work at this high street giant close this month.

Seasonal positions available: sales advisor.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: Varies, depending on the branch.

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PANDORA

PANDORA offers one of the best employee discounts around, with a massive 55% off of all of their products.

Seasonal positions available: sales assistant.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: Not specified.

Poundland

Poundland is keen to bulk up its numbers with the busy festive period looming.

Seasonal positions available: sales assistant.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: Varies by location although many deadlines are in October.

Primark

Primark is offering positions with various hours to suit anybody looking for a bit of extra work before Christmas.

Seasonal positions available: retail assistant.

Salary: £8.51-£9.09 / hour

Application deadline: not specified.

Sports Direct

Sports Direct, which offers a 20% staff discount, is one of the few seasonal recruiters that offers a commission scheme.

Seasonal positions available: sales assistant.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: not specified.

Superdrug store. (Image: Ajit Wick/Shutterstock)

Superdrug

Getting a job at Superdrug also benefits a nominated friend or family member who gets to share your 30% discount.

Seasonal positions available: sales advisor.

Salary: Up to £9.05 / hour.

Application deadline: not specified.

Tesco

You could be the first to spot the best festive food deals by getting a temporary job at Tesco this year.

Seasonal positions available: festive colleague.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: Varies by location, some are in October.

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The Entertainer

Fortnightly pay and 20% off toys are two of the advantages of working at The Entertainer at Christmas time.

Seasonal positions available: Christmas crew.

Salary: up to £9.31 / hour depending on age and location.

Application deadline: not specified.

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If you don't have time to take on a temp job in the run-up to Christmas, have a look at our tips on making extra money so that you're ready for the festive season.

 

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