When to Apply for a Christmas Job

With the excitement of Christmas comes the considerable cost of buying presents and seasonal socialising – which is why this time of year is very popular for the uptake of part-time work!

Temporary Christmas job opportunities pop up regularly throughout autumn, as with all of the celebrating and gift-giving that is being planned, there is always a considerable increase in demand for food and gifts which results in greater pressure on the existing staff of every store.

To ease that pressure and to 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 recruitment site.

Here, we’ll let you know what’s involved in working over Christmas. We’ll also tell you when is best to apply for one of our Christmas job opportunities to give you the best chance of being taken on board and earning extra money over the festive season.

When Should I Apply For Christmas Jobs?

Many openings for both full-time and part-time jobs over Christmas begin to pop up from September onwards, so the end of summer is often the best time to start searching and applying.

While the busy period may not start in earnest for a couple of months, it’s important for the hiring process to be complete and for all new recruits to be well-trained and properly acquainted with their roles before things start getting a bit more hectic! Staff members need to feel knowledgeable, independent and confident before the rush, as this will ensure that everything runs a little more quickly and smoothly.

However, some Christmas supermarket jobs and other seasonal positions are likely to be available right up until the big day itself – due to last-minute vacancies which may occur as a result of employees’ commitments suddenly changing. 

So if you miss out on the first batch of recruitment opportunities, never fear – you may still be able to get a hold of a position as long as you keep looking!

How Competitive is the Application Process for Christmas Jobs?

There is often quite a lot of competition for temporary work over Christmas. The job becomes quite saturated throughout the later months – often due to people taking up part-time positions so that they can cover their seasonal expenses. 

Additionally schools, colleges and universities startup in September, following the summer holidays, so there is always an influx of young people looking for after school work and part-time student jobs at this time.

As a result of this rush, having all of the correct skills and experience does not always mean it is a given that you will be offered any seasonal job. If you are late applying, it is highly likely that a large number of positions will have already been handed out.

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 good availability will also usually be prioritised. Oftentimes, Christmas supermarket jobs and other similar roles will be offered on the basis of a temporary 12-week contract. If you’re on holiday for a week or two of that period, it represents a considerable percentage of those hours that you will not be able to honour.

The Perks Of Working At Christmas

Of course, the chief benefit of taking up 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. In most cases, you’ll be able to pick up shifts here there and everywhere – covering holidays, seasonal sickness and everything in between.

Starting a new job is always exciting, and taking up a role in a bustling store full of seasonal decorations and festive cheer will really add to this feeling. You’ll meet new people, learn fast 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 possible to make sure you’re in with the best possible chance of being hired.

To summarise, it’s best to start applying for Christmas jobs in September, as the later you leave it, the more competition you’ll be facing. 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 over the festive season 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 wide variety of people – colleagues and customers – all determined to make this Christmas the best one yet!