Boost your Christmas finances with a temp job – with over 85,000 roles on offer | The Sun

BRIGHTEN up your festive finances with a Christmas temp job.

Dozens of top employers are offering substantial staff discounts or performance-related bonuses to seasonal workers, which will help pay for your festive season.

You could also end up with a new career too as almost all firms are will be offering some permanent roles to Christmas staff in January.

This week we have over 85,000 seasonal roles up for grabs, with shifts to fit around family life or your main job.

John Lewis is recruiting 2,900 temps in sales and merchandising, plus 2,700 warehouse operatives and drivers. See

Frasers group, which includes Sports Direct, Frasers, Jack Wills and Game, offered 4,000 jobs to seasonal staff last year. This year the company is hiring for 5,000 retail positions.

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A spokesman said: “We seek high-energy and customer service obsessed people, and they are rewarded with a great workplace and benefits from across the group’s brands.” See

Argos and Sainsbury's have 22,000 vacancies in customer service, stock replenishing and warehouse jobs. Perks include discounts of up to 15 per cent, a second discount card for a family member or friend, and free food during shifts. See

Marks & Spencer is taking on 10,000 customer assistants and you get a 20-per-cent store discount from day one of your employment. See

Currys has 1,100 positions to fill, including shopfloor jobs and driving. See

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The Perfume Shop is sniffing around for 700 Christmas sales assistants.

No experience is needed. Michelle Fellows, people and development director, said: “The Perfume Shop is a fantastic place to work through the festive season with our living wage pay rates and commission scheme.” For details, see

The Card Factory is one of the biggest Christmas employers, with 6,000 seasonal sales jobs.

Jen Lawrence, executive director of people, said: “One of the great things about Card Factory is how many of our seasonal colleagues stay with us and become permanent members of the team.” Find your closest role at

Boots needs over 1,000 customer assistants, 600 in-store customer operations assistants, 200 Customer Support Centre advisers, plus 1,500 temps at the Beeston and Burton-on-Trent distribution centres. See

Superdrug is seeking 1,000 sales assistants. See

Hobbycraft has 57 vacancies. See

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LOGISTICS giant DPD needs 2,000 drivers, plus 1,000 temps and 200 permanent workers for warehouses, all in place for Black Friday on November 24.

Hubert Mroczkowski joined DPD last year as a warehouse temp but was later hired and is now in a management role.

Hubert, 33, of Swindon, says: “I don’t think I would have got this permanent job without starting as a temp.

If you want to get hired after your Christmas job, show hard work, respect and flexibility.”

Justin Pegg, DPD’s COO, said: “While we do have some temporary positions, we traditionally carry out a large proportion of our permanent recruitment at this time of year, as we remain busy into the New Year.”

Apply for driver work at and warehouse jobs at

Ways to end up hired

AROUND one in five festive temp workers will later get taken on permanently by their employer.

Department of Work and Pensions work coach Amy Jones, from Sheffield, said: “Christmas jobs not only provide a chance to earn income during the festive season.

"They also offer valuable experiences, skills and a foot in the door with any potential employer.”

Here Amy reveals how to boost your chances of landing a permanent position . . . 

  1. HAVE A CAN-DO ATTITUDE: Approach every task with positivity and show determination even when the job may be difficult.
  2. BE A TEAM PLAYER: Consider what tasks need to be done by your team and how you can best add value.
  3. BE PROACTIVE: When you have finished a task, ask your manager or colleagues if there is anything else you can do to help.
  4. ASK FOR FEEDBACK: Request feedback from your colleagues and manager. It will show you have a desire to improve and that you are thinking long-term about how you can develop personally and within the team.
  5. ASK ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES: Let your manager know that you are keen to stay on with the company. If you see a suitable job, apply while you are still working there.

Become a Wrap star

GET Christmas all wrapped up with a fun role.

If you’re creative, wrapping pressies could be an enjoyable way to make some extra money.

The job involves working in high-end department and designer stores during the festive season.

Freelance rates start at £12 per hour with jobs on offer in November and December.

A spokeswoman for gift wrap specialist recruiter said: “You may be working alone or as part of a team so you must be able to work well under pressure, with a clean and professional appearance.”

Apply at

There are also jobs for gift wrappers in warehouses, with pay around £10.50 per hour.

Find your nearest one at


RETAIL giant WHSMITH has 130 seasonal sales assistant positions available.

You can find out more at

Stand 'n' deliver

DELIVER yourself a new role and help get gifts to the rest of the nation too.

Logistics expert Evri needs 6,500 additional couriers to help it cope with the usual festive season rush.

Gary Robinson, director of couriers said: “We’ve seen couriers start at Christmas time and they’re still enjoying delivering for Evri 20 years later.

"They often love the job’s flexibility, staying active and getting to know customers on their round.”

Apply at

Yodel is hiring for over 2,000 jobs across 50 locations nationwide.

Visit or text “Deliver” to 84433 for more information.

Citysprint is taking on 100 extra couriers. Apply at


AMAZON is looking to hire 15,000 support workers for the festive season.

Search and apply at

Be inn it to win it

GREENE KING needs 3,000 workers, including chefs, bartenders, waiters and kitchen assistants, over the festive period.

The brewer’s Vickie Elsey says: “Christmas is such an exciting time to work in a pub, when our communities come together to celebrate.”

You can find out more at

Fullers is hiring 200 staff at

Wetherspoons has 800 kitchen or bar jobs.

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