Christmas temp jobs 2020 UK: companies now hiring for this festive season

Need to earn extra cash before Christmas? These 16 high street retailers are hiring now, including Boots, M&S and John Lewis – just make sure you apply soon as the deadlines are looming!

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's usually the priciest as well – and millions of people may be financially struggling this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 16 retailers who are recruiting staff alongside the positions, salaries, and perks that each one offers.

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Retailers now hiring (in alphabetical order)

Looking for a job that might start sooner? Debenhams, H Samuel, Ernest Jones, John Lewis, Waitrose, New Look, Pandora, Poundland and Sports Direct 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 and Sainsbury’s.

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

Salary: £8.08-£9.05/ hour, varies with age, role and location.

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 a 15% discount.

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-£8.72/ hour, varies by age, role and location.

Application deadline: not specified.

Debenhams

Debenhams offers staff a discount of up to 25%, as well as other benefits such as half price cinema tickets.

Seasonal positions available: sales advisor.

Salary: £6.64-£8.82/ hour.

Application deadline: 26 October, but specific branches will extend this depending on need.

H Samuel / Ernest Jones

At the time of writing, there are not many Christmas vacancies available and, in some cases, you’ve only got until 23 October to apply if you fancy working at the popular jewellers. 

Seasonal positions available: sales associate.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: 23 October–14 November (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; food hall assistant; supermarket assistant

Salary: £8.87-£13.23/ hour depending on role, age and location.

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

John Lewis Christmas (Image: Shutterstock)

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; chef; warehouse operative.

Salary: between £8.72 and £9

Application deadline: not specified.

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 on 24 October.

Seasonal positions available: sales advisor.

Salary: not specified.

Application deadline: 24 October-19 November, 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: 25 October.

Pandora jewellery (Image: Shutterstock)

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: 27 October-20 November (deadline varies by location).

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: not specified.

Application deadline: not specified.

Sports Direct

Sports Direct, which offers a 20% staff discount, is one of the few seasonal recruiters that has a commission scheme, but it has very few Christmas vacancies available at the time of writing.

Seasonal positions available: sales assistant.

Salary: up to £8.25/ hour.

Application deadline: 28 October.

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: £6.50-£8.72/ 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: Generally early November, deadlines vary by location.

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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 £8.81/ 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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