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The Worst & Best Paid Christmas Jobs (and funniest ones too)

With Christmas fast approaching,  Job Search Engine Adzuna.co.uk reveals that over 4,200 seasonal jobs are yet to be filled in the UK as employers struggle to recruit temporary staff to cope with the festive rush.

The website has seen a huge spike in demand for temporary workers in sales, hospitality, retail and customer service, with clear indications that employers are willing to pay 4% more than average for seasonal staff.

Adzuna suggests that Jobseekers should look to the Hospitality industry for remaining Christmas work. There are over 640 chef, waiter & bar staff vacancies still open around Britain. Retail and Sales job sectors are also rich with vacancies this season, particularly in the North East, and are offering applicants a healthy pay packet of up to £126 per day.

The best-paid seasonal jobs this year are GP Locums and Event Managers who are receiving an eye-watering £1,500 per day. At the other end of the spectrum, the worst paid jobs are Santa’s helpers and Gift Wrapper jobs. Those looking for weird and wonderful jobs this Christmas should consider roles as Christmas Tree Designers or even Mince Pie Chefs.

Check out the stats below from Adzuna if you are looking to earn a bit of Christmas cheer this Festive period…

 Top Christmas Jobs by Sector:

Job Sector

Average Salary

Number of Christmas Jobs

Sales Jobs

£126 per day


Hospitality & Catering Jobs

£76 per day


Retail Jobs

£104 per day


Customer Service Jobs

£57 per day


Logistics & Warehouse

£51 per day


Best Paying Xmas Jobs

Job Title

Pay (per day)

GP Locum


Event Manager

£600 + bonuses

Private Chef (Christmas Day)


Private Party Santa

up to £500

Department Store Personal Shopper


Worst Paying Xmas Jobs

Job Title


Turkey Pluckers

£6.19 per hour

Santa’s Helpers

£6.20 per hour

Christmas Party Workers

£6.20 per hour

Gift Wrappers

£7.00 per hour

Silver Service Staff

£7.50 per hour

5 Oddest Christmas Jobs

Job Title



Lead Xmas Tree Designer



Christmas Party DJ


£15 per hour

Mince Pie Chef

South East London

£13 per hour

Reindeer Chef


Competitive Salary

Christmas Grotto Elf

Basingstoke, Hampshire

£7 per hour


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