If you want to find seasonal work in the UK, the Christmas, summer, or Easter periods are ideal as there are generally a lot of vacancies.
Whether you’re looking for a temporary job because you’re only planning to stay in the UK for a few months or you just want to take advantage of the high demand this time of the year and start working as soon as possible, you’ll find all the information you need in this post.
Why seasonal work?
Seasonal jobs have several advantages. The first one is that they’re a great way to get started in the workforce when you’ve just arrived in the UK and you’re not fluent in English.
Another advantage is the fact that if you’re only here for a few months to learn the language, it’s a good way to make some money to pay rent.
Finally, if you’re just looking for any kind of work and aren’t having any luck, then it’s a good idea to take advantage of seasonal job offers.
Tips for finding seasonal jobs
In previous posts we’ve given you tips about finding jobs in the UK, building up your CV, preparing for interviews, etc. However, there are some specific tips for seasonal jobs:
Know where to find them
In the next section, we’ll provide you with a long list of websites where you can find seasonal jobs. Another option is walking around the centre of the city or town where you live and handing in your CV. There will be shops where they have adverts asking for staff, but even if they don’t, it’s worth a try.
If you do the latter, make sure you’re prepared for an interview. If they desperately need to fill a position and the manager is available and willing to interview you and you’re dressed and prepared for it, there’s a big chance you’ll get the job.
Seasonal jobs tend to be very stressful and have very inconvenient schedules. Are you willing to work on Christmas Eve? Until what time? What about Christmas day? Can you get to work on Christmas day if there is no public transport? Are you okay not going home for Easter and staying in the UK to work? Is working three months during the summer without any holidays something you are okay with? If you get a call to work on your day off, are you going to be available?
Make sure you know what you want, and which sacrifices you’re willing to make. Seasonal jobs aren’t for everyone, and it’s better for you to realize that you’re not cut out for them before you start and then have problems.
Start earlier rather than later
This goes without saying, but don’t wait until mid-December to find jobs for the Christmas season. Start as soon as possible, and if you see there are already job offers, it means you should already be looking.
Below is a list of sites where you can apply for different seasonal jobs.
Pubs and restaurants
Also, you can always look for seasonal jobs with the usual job search engines. You can just go to any job search website and look for “seasonal jobs” or “Christmas jobs”, but here are some examples:
Finally, here are some sites with more information about finding both season and non-seasonal work in the UK:
Income support for part-time seasonal jobs
The thing with many seasonal jobs is that most places will usually need a lot of staff at a specific time of day, for a certain number of weeks or months. This means that, although there might be many opportunities, some of them might be part-time. So if you only find one seasonal job, the pay might not be enough for you to live on.
Fortunately, in certain circumstances, you might be eligible for Income Support. In order to qualify, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- be between 16 and Pension Credit qualifying age
- be pregnant, or a carer, or a lone parent with a child under 5 or, in some cases, unable to work because you’re sick or disabled
- have no income or a low income and no more than £16,000 in savings (your partner’s income and savings will be taken into account)
- be working less than 16 hours a week (with your partner working less than 24 hours a week)
- be living in England, Scotland or Wales – there are different rules for Northern Ireland
Depending on your age you will get a different allowance, starting at £57.90 for single people aged from 16 to 24 years old.
You can find more information and find out if you are eligible, as well as calculate your personal allowance, here: https://www.gov.uk/income-support/overview.
Article written by Roser