As retailers urge shoppers to be more prepared than ever, we explain all the places – including supermarkets and Royal Mail – that are already hiring Christmas staff…
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Christmas may still be just over two months away but businesses are already starting to hire seasonal staff.
Supermarkets are usually exceptionally busy around December as families stock up on food and other treats.
There are fears turkey, gammon and pig in blankets could be off the dinner table, while the boss of Iceland has warned how supply shortages could “cancel” Christmas.
But Tesco boss John Allan urged people not to panic-buy.
“There may be some shortages”, but people should not “over-dramatise” and panic-buy, he told the BBC.
As retailers urge shoppers to be more prepared than ever, we explain all the places that are already hiring Christmas staff…
Tesco has today confirmed it will take on 30,000 seasonal workers in total this Christmas.
The jobs are for both Tesco superstores and Tesco Extra sites, with roles ranging from online delivery pickers to in-store replenishment.
Half the roles have been filled by temporary colleagues who joined Tesco during the pandemic and have had their contracts extended to cover Christmas.
Tesco is advertising for its Christmas jobs online now.
Sainsbury’s and Argos
Sainsbury’s and Argos will hire 22,000 temporary workers to help with the festive rush.
Its jobs drive will consist of 14,500 new store roles, including 500 customer and trading manager positions.
Sainsbury’s will also hire 3,000 online delivery drivers, as well as 4,500 warehouse and logistics positions.
It will take on a further 180 staff at its contact centres as well.
The seasonal roles are available now on fixed-term contacts of between three and 12 weeks, with staff working until January 8 next year.
See which Sainsbury’s jobs are being advertised here.
Morrisons will hire 3,000 new members of staff this Christmas.
Jobs include everything from warehouse and production operatives, to pickers and packers as well as roles such as fork lift truck drivers.
The supermarket will give full training for all roles and says no prior experience is needed.
Morrisons has also joined the Kickstart scheme, meaning it welcomes applications from 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit.
Check out Morrisons Christmas roles here.
Aldi is recruiting for more than 1,500 Christmas jobs this year.
Jobs include working on checkouts, replenishing stock, as well as picking and packing orders made through its click and collect service.
The 1,500 temporary Christmas store roles are in addition to the 2,000 permanent jobs Aldi is also looking to fill by the end of this year.
Visit the Aldi website for more information and to apply.
John Lewis and Waitrose
John Lewis and Waitrose are to hire 7,000 extra members of staff.
The roles will be available across all 34 John Lewis shops, where 2,300 people will be hired, and 331 Waitrose stores, where the company is looking to take on 4,700 people.
In the John Lewis sites, temporary roles will include sales and merchandising positions, while Waitrose stores will be looking for supermarket assistants, night shift workers and customer delivery drivers.
In addition, John Lewis and Waitrose will recruit more than 550 permanent full-time driver and warehouse roles across distribution and delivery centres.
Amazon has started recruiting for 20,000 seasonal positions across the UK.
The temporary jobs are within its fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations.
Amazon said pay for operations roles would start at a minimum of £10 an hour, rising to £11.10 in some parts of the country.
The group is also looking for people to deliver parcels for between £13 and £15 per hour.
You can see which Amazon jobs are available here.
Royal Mail is to hire 20,000 extra members of staff this Christmas to help deliver post and presents.
The majority of the roles are needed in mail centres, distribution hubs and data centres – including 17,150 roles in England, 1,800 in Scotland, 650 in Wales and 500 in Northern Ireland
The seasonal workers will help sort Christmas parcels and cards as well as the growing amount of online orders.
Royal Mail will also take on 3,650 workers including drivers for its express parcels business Parcelforce Worldwide.
A further 1,500 temporary staff will be hired at its international parcel hub at Heathrow, on top of 650 data inputting roles at three sites in the UK.
Royal Mail has already started listing its seasonal Christmas roles online on its website.