Temporary employees may benefit from attending their employer's Christmas party

UK companies offering thousands of temporary positions over festive period

A number of companies are set to give people some festive cheer by creating thousands of temporary Christmas jobs. Employers are rolling out scores of temporary positions, which will benefit thousands of people across the UK who are currently looking for work.

Perhaps most exciting of all for the people set to benefit from the seasonal rush, is that they could even get to attend company Christmas parties, which as we all know is always a highlight of the year.

Marks and Spencer leads the way, with plans to offer 20,000 temporary jobs over the Christmas period. Supermarket Sainsburys isn’t too far behind, with 15,000 temporary roles set to be advertised. Argos is also creating 12,000 temporary positions. Although initially hired in temporary roles, outstanding performers could well be employed on a permanent basis, much like Marks and Spencers did last Christmas. Figures show that more than one in five temporary employees was made permanent after their temporary contact came to an end in 2011.

Even considering the current economic climate, Christmas will be a busy time of year for most businesses. This works for both employers and employees, and with recent reports suggesting that the economy could be slowly recovering, temporary employees will be aiming to impress their employers if there is the possibility of a full time contract at the end of it.

Once such company that foresees a particularly busy Christmas season is Amazon, who is planning to make available 10,000 temporary jobs to assist with the millions of additional orders the website sees during the busy festive period.

Furthermore, with Christmas preparations seemingly coming earlier each year (especially in Brighton), some temporary workers can expect anything for a few days to an extra month of work compared to previous years. This can only be good news for the UK economy. For instance, temporary jobs at Argos typically last for around three months, and seasonal workers are also made aware of the potential to be made permanent. So temporary workers should remember, a job isn’t just for Christmas, it could potentially be permanent!


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Tom Bourlet

Tom Bourlet is the Senior Digital Marketing Executive for Eventa. Event management has always been a popular topic for Tom, having run a number of events throughout his working career, as well as speaking at conferences a vast number of times.

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