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From M&S to Hilton hotels – there’s a winter wonderland of 20,000 retail roles for Christmas


THE Christmas hiring spree is the gift that keeps on giving for jobseekers, as top retailers and employers in associated sectors have 20,000 roles up for grabs this week.

These employers could provide you with a seasonal job as an early Christmas present.

Top retailers and employers in associated sectors have 20,000 seasonal roles up for grabs this week

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Top retailers and employers in associated sectors have 20,000 seasonal roles up for grabs this weekCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Debbie Harris and Percy Pig are ready for Christmas at M&S

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Debbie Harris and Percy Pig are ready for Christmas at M&SCredit: Paul Tonge

Marks & Spencer is taking on 12,000 customer assistants and has 750 jobs, some permanent, at its Milton Keynes and Bradford distribution centres.

Debbie Harris joined M&S as a festive temp 21 years ago and loved the role so much, she never left.

She now works on the womenswear section at the Fosse Park store in Leicester and runs the branch’s social media.

Debbie, 43, said: “I love working at M&S and feel really lucky that I found my dream job through a Christmas temporary job.”

Helen Milford, M&S stores director, says: “With a range of start dates available and our 20 per cent colleague discount, apply today to join the M&S family and be part of something special this Christmas.”

Apply now for roles at jobs.marksandspencer.com/christmas-seasonal or at rb.gy/dyw5oo.

High street toy shop The Entertainer has 1,000 vacant positions for crew members.

Take a look at thetoyshop.com/careers for details.

WHSmith is taking on 889 staff as festive store temps and has some permanent roles available too.

For details see whsmithcareers.co.uk.

You can make more than a few quid working at Poundland.

There are 1,400 vacancies for Christmas sales assistants.

Enquire at your local store or see poundlandcareers.co.uk.

Retail director Austin Cooke says: “We have an amazing culture and there’s no better time to be in one of our stores than at Christmas.”

Wilko needs 150 distribution centre staff as well as 100 store managers, team supervisors and other retail staff.

Search at wilko.jobs.

The Original Factory Shop is hiring 50 seasonal temps.

Apply at tofscareers.com/vacancies.

Get stuck in at Pizza Hut, where there are 3,500 jobs including roles both front and back-of-house, plus driving.

See careersatpizzahut.co.uk.

Chilled-food firm SK Foods, which makes festive ranges for top stores, has 130 vacancies in Middlesbrough and Billingham for food manufacturing operatives, pickers and industrial cleaners.

Email vacancies@skfoods.co.uk.

Hilton Hotels has 1,400 jobs on offer at jobs.hilton.com, while Crieff Hydro Hotels has 80 positions including for reception and housekeeping staff.

Email a CV and what job you are keen on to recruitment@crieffhydro.com.

AO.com has 350 logistics roles going at ao-jobs.com to cope with demand for Christmas and Black Friday sales.

Delivery specialist Service Club needs 100 drivers.

Apply at app.serviceclub.com/jobs now.

Six steps to job success

ONE in five Christmas temps will go on to be offered permanent roles, so land one as a festive gift to yourself.

Here JobCentrePlus work coach Simon Lavall shares his top tips.

  1. TAKE IT SERIOUSLY: That festive job you take could land you in pole position to clinch a permanent role. Don’t behave like it is a temp job and it might just turn into a full-time one.
  2. SHOW INITIATIVE: Look out for opportunities to cover other workers’ shifts, work overtime, help to train other staff and so on, showing bosses you are willing and enthusiastic. Ask to shadow colleagues so you can learn more about the job and the business.
  3. KNOW THE COMPANY INSIDE AND OUT: Research as much as you can about your potential employer beforehand, including what sort of work they do and what their aims are.
  4. BE REMEMBERED FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS: Be punctual, always respect your seniors and put as much care and enthusiasm into your job as you would do with a full-time position.
  5. APPLY FOR INTERNAL VACANCIES: Once you are with the company, you will be able to see any job notices and internal vacancies that may come up, which otherwise might never reach the outside world.
  6. DRESS THE PART: Especially if the job requires you to wear a red suit and have a big, fluffy white beard.

Amaze at Amazon

FESTIVE favourite Amazon is recruiting for 20,000 full and part-time seasonal posts – with pay from £10 per hour.

Many seasonal staff go on to build long-term careers, including Richard Cowlishaw-Ellison.

Richard Cowlishaw-Ellison said: 'I’ve been promoted six times, launched 14 new Amazon buildings and have worked in six European countries and the US'

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Richard Cowlishaw-Ellison said: ‘I’ve been promoted six times, launched 14 new Amazon buildings and have worked in six European countries and the US’

The 40-year-old is site leader at the firm’s fulfilment centre in Chesterfield.

He said: “I joined Amazon a decade ago. I’d been a solicitor for six years but recession hit and I took redundancy.

“I joined Amazon as a temporary worker to earn a bit of money for Christmas.

“I saw it as a stop-gap but I loved the environment and culture so much I decided to change my career.

“I’ve been promoted six times, launched 14 new Amazon buildings and have worked in six European countries and the US.

“There are so many routes to success here.”

Apply at jobsatamazon.co.uk.

Jobspot

ACORN RECRUITMENT has placements for over 3,000 temp multi-drop delivery drivers. You can apply with a standard UK or EU driving licence.

See acornpeople.com/drivingjobs.

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