If you're looking for temporary seasonal work over the Christmas period, now is a good time to apply as many shops and companies are looking to recruit before the rush starts.

Here are the latest vacancies at some of the UK's biggest companies.

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Debenhams

Debenhams has loads of Christmas team jobs going across the country which you can apply for on the Debenhams careers site. Alternatively, you can text JOBS to 81066 for a link to apply. You'll be starting in mid-November.

Roles vary in the number of hours they offer but they generally pay £7.50 an hour.

Boots

If cosmetics are more your thing, there are a whole raft of Christmas retail roles at Boots this festive season. You can apply for a range of sales assistant and stockroom positions either full-time or part-time. 

Superdrug

Temporary part-time sales advisor jobs are available at Superdrug but you need to be fully flexible to work any hours over the holidays and be ‘adaptable to change’.

All workers qualify for a staff discount.

John Lewis/Waitrose

Seasonal jobs at John Lewis and Waitrose include selling assistant and ‘stock management partner’.

You could be starting quite early, and the position will last for 13 weeks or less.

Applications close at various dates in October.

H Samuel and Ernest Jones

There are temporary sales associate jobs at H Samuel and Ernest Jones stores around the country.

You don’t need to have retail experience, but they favour applicants with an interest in jewellery.

On top of your salary, you’ll get sales-related commission and a staff discount.

Harrods

Temporary Christmas sales and customer support roles are available at Harrods. 

All are in the swanky south west of London, at the UK’s flagship store. Bag some extra special Christmas presents while you're there with the 33% staff discount.

You’ll be working October until mid-January and have no prior commitments or holidays, including evenings and weekends.

If you want to go for multiple roles you need only apply once; you’ll be considered for all live vacancies.

Pandora

Pandora is offering full-time and part-time sales assistant positions over the Christmas period.

Primark

Primark in on the lookout for temporary retail assistants to work 20-24 hours a week over Christmas.  

Hiring has already started so if you're interested, get in there now!

Paperchase

Paperchase has a handful of temporary sales assistant jobs including payroll input clerk, sales assistant and stockroom assistant.

The perks are pretty good, and the clerk and supervisor positions have an impressive 50% off Paperchase products.

Sports Direct

Christmas temp jobs are going at Sports Direct around the UK. Benefits include a commission scheme, up to £7.50 an hour and a 20% staff discount.

Contracts end on 7 January.

Marks & Spencer

Jobs are available at M&S from now right up until New Year. You'll nab a 20% discount on all in-store and online purchases too. You can apply for various customer assistant jobs at the M&S Careers website.

Tesco

Apply for one of Tesco's 'Festive Colleague' jobs this Christmas. You can choose between day shifts and night shifts in locations across the UK.

The Toy Shop

If you fancy being surrounded by toys, grab a Christmas job at The Toy Shop.

You could be recruited as a sales assistant, daytime stockroom assistant or night shift stockroom assistant. The latter does pay more, but you need to be physically fit. The Toy Shop pays fortnightly and you'll get a 20% staff discount.  

Argos

Argos has a whole host of sales assistant, stock assistant and home delivery driver jobs nationwide. 

Royal Mail

Join one of Royal Mail’s centres to help get letters and parcels to the right places in the run-up to Christmas.

There are full-time and part-time indoor sorting positions on early, late and night shifts which will be available from early November until 23 December across the UK. Just be aware that you'll need to be able to push trolleys weighing up to 250kg.

You get paid a higher rate on weekends.

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