Seasonal Work Will Always Be Here, No Matter The Obstacles Everyone Has Faced

Seasonal Work Will Always Be Here, No Matter The Obstacles Everyone Has Faced

It is safe to say that Christmas 2020 is going to be unlike any other. According to employment website, Adzuna, the number of seasonal jobs on offer is down by a third compared with a year ago. 

The pandemic has changed the type of work offered, but there is still opportunity. Lucy Eaton, key account manager from the TeamJobs industrial team says, “Festive jobs are very much a part of this year's activity. For instance, during December we have 500 people working per day in the seasonal space. With what has happened this year, it doesn’t necessarily show a break from tradition when it comes to Christmas jobs.”

However, compared to 2019 there is a definite change within the commercial landscape. Jordan Ball, from the resourcing team, highlights, “Last year saw a huge demand from the hospitality industry, this year has seen a surge within retail (as e-tailers have adjusted) and manufacturing. What we are seeing is how the economy is restructuring away from a lot of in-person interaction, but still a demand from clients.”

As industries have adapted there are clear winners at the of the year. Amazon is spending a huge amount on bonuses for Christmas staff after sales rocketed during the pandemic. Full-time warehouse workers in the UK will receive £300, with £150 for part-time staff.

When it comes to seasonal work, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything stops on Boxing Day, Lucy says, “Many clients continue seasonal jobs into the new year. For instance, January sales can generate more online orders or customers returning gifts that were purchased.”

Seasonal work can also present a long term option. Lucy concludes, “Employers can look at the end of year demand as a recruiting opportunity. My advice for seasonal workers at this time of year who recognise a possible permanent position is to approach every day with a great attitude, be punctual, show up and show your can-do approach.”

This year has presented its challenges, but one thing that will remain, no matter the year, is the demand for staff in certain industries over the festive period.