With Christmas around the corner, people might need a job more than ever to be able to support their families this year.

October, November, and December can be great times to find new roles as fewer people are searching for jobs in autumn and winter, which means less competition.

Christmas is a hectic time for many businesses, so there are also loads of seasonal roles if you’re looking for something temporary.


Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments are behind some of the UK’s most popular attractions. 

From places such as Legoland, the London Eye, London Dungeons, Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, and Thorpe Park, there is work all over the country.

What is it like to work with Merlin?

According to Glassdoor, the company has an overall rating of 3.5 stars.

A review from a team member:

Pros: Good benefits Good management Good pay

Cons: Not enough shifts during quiet seasons. Very seasonal.


Waitrose has provided British shoppers with groceries for over a century.

Supermarkets are the heart of our villages, towns, and cities.

You have to opportunity to get more involved with your community, and for this sector of work that’s always moving, there will always be something to do.

What’s it like to work at Waitrose?

According to Glassdoor, Waitrose has an overall rating of 4 stars.

A review from an employee:

Pros: I thoroughly enjoyed working for Waitrose because I worked with people my age and managed to meet some lovely people. Waitrose is very good at looking after their employees.

Cons: I was not given the equipment to open the delivery boxes because I joined during Covid-19, so it was quite a busy unnerving time. But nothing major.


Travelodge is the UK’s biggest independent hotel brand, operating hundreds of hotels throughout Britain and Ireland.

Are your customer service skills top-notch? Are you warm and welcoming? If so, then this could be the job for you.

A bonus about this job is that many of Travelodge’s entry-level positions give you opportunities for progression into management roles.

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What’s it like to work at Travelodge?

According to Glassdoor, it has an overall rating of 3.1 stars.

A review from an employee:

Pros: Easy, friendly, and fun rewarding benefits.

Cons: Timings for the rooms and low pay.

John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis & Partners has been a trusted high-street brand for decades.

John Lewis, on Oxford Street, opened its first shop in the 1860s, but now the company has expanded all over the country.

So there are many roles on offer, both seasonal and permanent. 

What’s it like to work at John Lewis & Partners?

According to Glassdoor, the business has an overall rating of 3.9 stars.

A review from an employee:

Pros: “Very friendly co-workers, good pay.” 

Cons: “for a young person, part-time it could be long hours.”

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