Which companies are hiring seasonal staff?

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Christmas is an expensive time of year, and a little bit of extra cash could come in handy for most of us.

Luckily, it's also a time when there's a bit more work than usual to be had.

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Right now, everyone from supermarkets to online retailers is looking for extra help over the busy festive shopping period.

We run through some of the bigger firms looking for temporary staff.

Amazon is taking on an extra 20,000 people for Christmas, working at all 16 of its fulfillment centres around the UK. Roles available will mainly be for warehouse operatives like pickers, packers and shippers, and pay starts at £7.65 an hour, with overtime at up to £16.40 per hour, depending on location. There's more detail here.

Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer has already taken on some seasonal staff for the run-up to Christmas, but still has room for plenty more. It says it offers competitive rates of pay, as well as a 20% discount on all in-store and online M&S purchases. Temporary jobs range from counter assistants to switchboard operators and even visual stylists. You can browse the list here.

Tesco is recruiting extra staff around the country, with pay ranging from £7.50 to £8.18 per hour, depending on location. There are jobs across the board, from checkout staff to deli counters, and training is available. There's a list of opportunities here.

John Lewis
John Lewis warns that Christmas jobs are fast-paced, and says you'll need to be able to pick things up quickly. It's looking for both checkout and stock management staff and says you'll need to be flexible as jobs can include weekend, early morning and late night working. There's more information here.

Debenhams has 8,000 jobs going across the UK at all of its 175 stores. Successful applicants will start mid-November, working through to the new year, and earn £7.25 an hour. You can find out more and apply here.

Argos is hiring more than 10,000 people this Christmas, with jobs including customer advisors, stock assistants and delivery drivers. Temp workers will get a minimum of ten hours per week - six for weekend staff - and some will be able to move on to permanent positions. Pay starts at £7.31 an hour; you can fill in an application form here.

Next has already started hiring extra staff for its Christmas Support Teams, but will carry on recruiting right up until three weeks before the big day. Experience isn't essential, it says. Staff earn £7.94 an hour an hour and get first choice of any sale stock as well as a staff discount once they've been in the job a week. Apply here.

Boots will be recruiting more than 2,000 Christmas staff, at stores all over the country. It's looking mainly for customer assistants and operations assistants, with most starting in early December. Check here to see if they're recruiting near you.

If you're looking for a Christmas job with Primark this year, you'll need to be available pretty much all the time, as there's a five over seven day weekly rota. It's filled a lot of positions already, but there are more on its website, here.

Royal Mail
Royal Mail has full-time and part-time positions available from early November through to December 23 at a number of locations across the UK. There's a list of positions here; pay starts at £7.92 an hour.

Toy Shop
The Toy Shop is already taking extra people on in the run-up to Christmas, but still has plenty more vacancies. Temporary jobs end on December 30. Most contracts are for 10 or 20 hours a week, although it's 37.5 hours for night shift workers. There's a 20% staff discount across the store, and you'll be paid fortnightly; check out what's on offer here.

The luxury Knightsbridge department store must surely be the cream of Christmas jobs, and you'll need to be pretty impressive to nab one. It's looking for sales assistants, loyalty advisers and even Christmas grotto hosts, with most workers on 37.5 hours a week. Along with good pay, you'll get a whacking 33% discount across the store; find out more and apply here.

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Did you know? Tinkerbell and other fairies have a specific height requirement of between 4'11" and 5'2"

What qualifications do you need? Are you dexterous with great attention to detail and the ability to follow instructions? Then you could become a senior Lego sculptor in Denmark while being paid £8.20 an hour! 

Did you know? Legoland Windsor is made up of 55 million bricks.

This has to be the perfect role for adrenaline junkies and rollercoaster lovers around the world. What qualifications do you need? All you need is a strong stomach, a passion for travel and be happy with doing your dream job for free. 

Did you know? Kingda Ka in Six Flags Great Adventure, USA, has the record for world's longest rollercoaster drop.

What qualifications do you need? Well, you'll need to be able to swim, obviously. If you're lucky, you could be paid £20,000 a year to splash around on the slides.  

Did you know? Action Park in New Jersey holds the world record for having the longest water slide at 2000ft long.

What qualifications do you need? If you're resourceful, can swim and snorkel and love making new friends, then island keeper may be the career for you and you could make as much as £78,000 doing it!

Did you know? The original Island Keeper was Brendon Grimshaw who purchased Moyenne Island in 1964 for $20,000, it's now worth millions.

What qualifications do you need? You'll need to be physically fit, have a SCUBA certification and a bachelor's degree in an animal-related field to become an animal trainer but you could earn £20,850 doing it. 

Did you know? Dolphins can stay alert for more than 15 days by sleeping with one half of their brain at a time. 

What qualifications are needed? A sweet tooth is a distinct advantage for this this £41,000 per annum ice cream tasting job  - but isn't as easy as it may sounds. As well as healthy taste buds you'll need a Bachelor of Science degree in dairy science or food science too.

Did you know? John Harrison has been a professional ice cream taster for 30 years and has tried nearly 200 million gallons of ice cream.

What qualifications are needed? You'll need dive theory knowledge, first aid skills and Padi certifications before you'll be allowed to take to the seas and earn £27,500 as a senior scuba instructor, but it's worth all that training for a life in the Caribbean.

Did you know? Once you get below 10 metres depth while scuba diving you can't see red or yellow. If you cut yourself your blood will look blue.

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Did you know? The venom of the Australian box jellyfish is considered to be among the most deadly in the world. 

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Did you know? The Australian outback is more than 2.5 million square miles in area and is home to several different climate zones. 

Calling all big kids out there! If being imaginative, thinking like a child and dreaming outside the box sounds just like you then you should volunteer as a toy tester!

Did you know? Top 'mum bloggers' can earn up to as much as $250 for a review.

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Did you know? Humans have around 7,500 taste buds in their mouths.

Unbelievably dog surfing coach is actually a real job and you could earn as much as £51 an hour doing it if you're great with animals, SGB/ISA approved and love the outdoors. 

Did you know?  Hungtington Beach in California isn't just a hotspot for human surfers. For the last five years it's played host to the Annual Surf City Surf Dog contest!

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Did you know? 150 people die every year from falling coconuts.

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Did you know? One of the most famous rollercoaster engineers had intense motion sickness and couldn't go on more than 80 of the rides he had designed. 


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