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Over 6,000 Christmas jobs are still available in the UK

A new study from UK job search site Adzuna.co.uk has highlighted that over 6,000 Christmas jobs are santa1still available in the UK, as employers, within job sectors such as retail and hospitality struggle to cope with the festive rush.

Stats collated by Adzuna reveal that as of the 3rd December 2013 there are still 875 Catering, 707 Warehouse, & 640 Sales vacancies waiting to be filled around the UK.

Top Christmas recruiters include the now privatised Royal Mail and Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, with well over 35,000 positions (most of which have now been filled) being created between them, and other retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and online retailer Amazon also leading the way.

The stats also reveal that On-call Doctors, Event Managers and Christmas Day Drivers can demand an eye-watering £60 per hour this December, but that very seasonal roles such as Turkey Pluckers, Bar Staff and Gift Wrappers are among the worst paid, scraping by on minimum wage. A case of supply and demand if ever the case.

Check out a few of the selected stats below for some interesting reading: 

Best Paying Xmas Jobs:

Job Title

Pay (per day)

Locum GP


Emergency Nurses


Christmas Day Driver


Lead Christmas App Developer


Worst Paying Xmas Jobs:

Job Title


Christmas Card Sorter

£6.31 per hour

Christmas Care Workers

£6.31 per hour

Gift Wrappers

£6.50 per hour

Festive Waiting Staff – Silver Service

£6.50 per hour

Customer Service Stars

£6.75 per hour

Weird and Wonderful Christmas 2013 Jobs:

Job Title


Average Pay

Reindeer Display Handler


£8 per hour

Christmas Present Demonstrator


Competitive Salary

Christmas Carol Storyteller


Competitive Salary

Turkey Plucker


£6.31 per hour

Christmas Wreath Makers

West London

£9 per hour


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