When to Apply for a Christmas Job


Christmas is a very popular to time to look for part-time work, especially with the cost of buying presents and socialising during the festive season.

Temporary Christmas job opportunities pop up regularly throughout autumn, as there’s always an increase in demand for food and gifts which results in greater pressure on the existing staff in stores.

To ease that pressure and create opportunities for people to earn a little extra money over the winter months, Sainsbury’s regularly makes new Christmas supermarket jobs available on our dedicated recruitment site.

When Should I Apply For Christmas Jobs?

Many full-time and part-time jobs over Christmas begin to appear from September onwards, so towards the end of summer is often the best time to start thinking about the type of role you’d like to apply for.

It’s important for the hiring process to be completed and for new colleagues to be trained and confident in their roles before the busiest period of the year. Store colleagues need to have the knowledge, feel independent and be confident before the rush, as this will help to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

However, some Christmas supermarket jobs and other seasonal roles may still be available in the final weeks leading up to the big day – due to last-minute vacancies which need to be filled. 

How Competitive is the Application Process for Christmas Jobs?

There’s often a lot of competition for temporary work over Christmas, as a lot of seasonal roles become available throughout the later months – often due to people taking up part-time positions. 

Additionally, schools, colleges and universities startup in September, following the summer holidays. Due to this there’s always a greater number of young people looking work and part-time student jobs at this time.

As a result of this rush, having all the correct skills and experience doesn’t always mean it’s a given that you’ll be offered a Christmas Colleague job. If you’re late in applying, it is likely that a large number of positions will have already been filled.

This is why it’s very important to keep your finger on the pulse and continue to check for new job openings as soon as summer is over. Applying early can make all the difference.

Candidates with greater availability are likely to be prioritised. Quite often, Christmas supermarket jobs and other similar roles will be offered on the basis of a temporary contract lasting anywhere up to three months. If you’re on holiday for a week or two during that period, you may not be able to commit to the schedule the store requires, so it is important to consider this when applying.

The Perks Of Working At Christmas

Of course, one of the main benefits of taking on a temporary job over Christmas is the opportunity to make money in order to prepare yourself financially for the festive season and the New Year.

Starting a new job is always exciting, and taking up a role in a busy store full of seasonal decorations and festive cheer will really add to this feeling. You’ll meet new people, learn new things and help to make Christmas shopping special for every customer you serve.

If this sounds great to you, it’s important that you apply as soon as you can to make sure you’re in with the best possible chance of gaining employment.

To find your perfect seasonal position at Sainsbury’s, visit our dedicated recruitment site and type in your ideal role and postcode to begin your search.

Working as a Christmas Colleague is one of the quickest ways to make money for presents, social events and other expenses that crop up throughout December and January. It’s exciting, fast-paced and challenging and you’ll meet a variety of people – colleagues and customers – all determined to make this Christmas the best one yet!

Want to find out more? Check out our Christmas Colleagues jobs.