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The countdown to Christmas is well upon us. But for many, that doesn’t just mean getting in the swing of good cheer and festivities. The run-up to Christmas is the period of the year, when there is a strong recruitment drive, with many companies hiring more than at any other time of the year. For those on the search, December can be the ideal period to get work.
The Royal Mail and online retailer Amazon for example are both hiring 19,000 and 13,000 extra staff respectively for the season. Smaller retailers such as Ocado are taking on 1000 staff, but unlike others, Ocado are actually creating permanent roles, according to the company: “While we’re looking to fill many of these roles by December, we’re keen to stress that the new opportunities we’re creating are for life, not just for Christmas.”
Figures recently published by job search website Adzuna suggest that this year, retailers have been finding it harder to fill all their vancancies in the pre-Christmas rush. Research by the company found that in mid-November, thousands of jobs still remained unfilled.
Retailers have also factored in an additional surge of spending on Black Friday, a day of sales bought over from America, and which happens to be taking place on pay day this year.
The main sectors hiring over the Christmas period are spread across retail, hospitality, and logistics.