Christmas jobs 2021: earn extra money working for Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Amazon

ALDI is the latest supermarket to reveal that it’s hiring extra staff during the busy Christmas period.

Thousands of jobs are going at retailers across the country – and you might even get a cash bonus for joining too.

Aldi is one of several shops hiring thousands of seasonal staff


Aldi is one of several shops hiring thousands of seasonal staff

Retail workers are in demand for the festive season when more people are hitting the shops.

Shops are expected to be open everywhere this year, after coronavirus lockdowns shuttered some shops over Christmas 2020.

That means more people will be hitting the high street as well as ordering online, despite the threat of shortages on some shelves due to ongoing supply chain issues.

Here’s where you can find work over the busy shopping season.


Aldi is hiring 1,500 temporary staff this Christmas to work on checkouts, replenish stock.

Workers will also be picking and packing orders made through its click and collect service, which is available at around 200 of its stores.

Kelly Stokes, recruitment director at Aldi UK, said: “We always need extra support over the busy Christmas period but this year especially, temporary store colleagues will play a vital role in keeping our shelves stocked as the nation prepares to reunite with their loved ones after missing out on festive celebrations in 2020.”

Store assistants are paid £10.57 per hour across the country or £11.32 at locations within the M25.

Anyone working for the supermarket over the festive season will be given Boxing Day off.

You can find a job at Aldi, including permanent positions too at


Amazon is hiring a whopping 20,000 temporary workers over Christmas this year.

The jobs will be fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations and pay is £10 per hour and £11.10 in some locations.

Some locations are also offering a signing on bonus of up to £1,500 for temporary workers.

The online retail giant is also looking for workers to deliver parcels to people’s doors and that pays between £13 and £15 per hour.

You can check out the seasonal and permanent jobs available at

Sainsbury’s and Argos

Sainsbury’s is also creating 22,00 new temporary positions covering serving customers, keeping shelves stocked and picking, packing and delivering online orders.

Around 14,500 roles will available in Sainsbury’s and Argos stores, including 500 manager positions.

There will be 3,000 online delivery driver positions and 4,500 warehouse and logistics openings, as well as 180 Contact Centre opportunities.

New drivers for Sainsbury’s will also be in for a £500 payment as an incentive for working busy periods.

You can find jobs at Sainsbury’s at including seasonal and permanent positions.

Sainsbury’s pays delivery drivers £10.25 per hour and assistants and £9.50 per hour for shop and online assistants.

John Lewis and Waitrose

Posh department store John Lewis along with its supermarket Waitrose is hiring 7,00 seasonal staff this Christmas

The company is looking to fill 2,300 rolls at its 34 John Lewis stores, including sales and merchandise positions.

And Waitrose’s more than 300 stores will be taking on nearly 5,000 temp staff, for assistant, night shift worker and customer delivery driver roles.

You can apply for temp and permanent jobs at John Lewis and Waitrose at

John Lewis pays between £9.40 per hour and £11.25, depending on experience, and in London between £10.13 up to £12.13 per hour.

Temporary workers also get free food and drink on shifts.


Tesco is advertising for around 200 “festive colleagues” right now.

We’ve asked the supermarket how many people are being hired for the festive season and will update when we hear back.

Last year Tesco hired 11,000 temporary workers over Christmas.

You can check out the seasonal staff roles currently available and permanent positions at

Rates of pay are described as “competitive” on its website.


Boots is advertising currently for just over 50 Christmas roles.

We’ve asked the high street pharmacy if they are planning a larger recruitment drive and will update when we hear back.

Roles available right now include customer service advisors and assistants.

You can check out the positions available near you at

We’ve also asked how much Boots pays and will update when we hear back.

Royal Mail

Royal Mail is advertising right now for around 50 roles for seasonal mail sorters in several locations.

Last year the postal service was hiring 33,000 temp workers during the busy Christmas season, and we’ve asked if a bigger recruitment drive is planned.

Current job advertised pay £11.40 per hour for day shifts and 13.70 per hour for nights.

You can check out the current Post Office job opportunities here.

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