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Employers recruiting now

In the run-up to Christmas, there are lots of employers recruiting in Wales. Start your search for a new job here!

The job market in Wales has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are still lots of jobs in Wales to apply for.

Some employers are advertising temporary Christmas jobs. A Christmas job is an ideal way to get that all-important work experience and may lead to something better.

Whether you are looking for a temporary job for the festive period, or something more long-term, this page has links to major employers hiring near you.

How has the job market changed?

Job postings dropped sharply at the start of the COVID pandemic and have gone up and down since then in line with COVID restrictions. There are now high numbers of vacancies in Wales, in various job sectors.

There continues to be plenty of jobs in health and care, retail and construction  to apply for. But, there is now high demand in areas like hospitality and logistics, as the economy opens up in Wales.

Some key facts:

  • Online job vacancies have jumped from around 64,000 in February 2021 to more than 104,000 in August 2021
  • The sectors recruiting in high numbers include health and care, transport and logistics, hospitality, education, IT and retail

The top job titles advertised in Wales during August 2021 were:

Table showing top occupations advertised online in Wales in August 2021:
Occupation Number of Job Postings
Nurses 5,163
Care workers and home carers 4,554
Sales accounts and business development managers 2,944
Administrative occupations 2,492
Kitchen and catering assistants 2,476
Van drivers 2,353
Storage occupations 2,225
Sales and retail assistants 2,040
Cleaners and domestics 1,989
Chefs 1,983
Programmers and software development professionals 1,755
Metal working production and maintenance fitters 1,745
Human resources and industrial relations officers 1,557

Source: EMSI, 2021

Who's recruiting in Wales?

The links below take you to the websites of employers and agencies who are recruiting now.

Job vacancies will change over time, so check back regularly.

Retail

Other retail job sites

Hospitality and catering

As COVID restrictions ease, more jobs are being advertised with pubs, restaurants, cafés etc. Lots of these jobs are with small, local businesses but here are some of the larger companies and websites:

Hotels

Hotels recruit through general job sites like Indeed, Reed and Find a Job. Some recruit via their own websites. Others may use social media and word of mouth.

Here are a few hotels in Wales as a starting point:

Other hotel job sites

Find hotels near you by searching hotel listings. You can then contact the hotels or find vacancies on their websites. Examples of listings include Britain's Finest, Hotels.com and Trip Advisor.

Find out more about job roles within hospitality and tourism on the Working Wales website.

Recruitment Agencies

Registering with a recruitment agency might help with finding a Christmas job. Recruitment agencies often advertise retail, waiting and bar jobs and much more.
See more on recruitment agency work.

Delivery, logistics and facilities

Health

Care

Education

Public services

Security

Food production and other essential services

The Feed the Nation recruitment campaign is designed to find temporary workers in essential food production services, such as in supermarkets and delivery services. OCS are looking for essential workers in areas such as cleaning, catering, customer service and security, in support of the NHS and others.

Similar vacancies are available via the Sodexo, Elior-UK and Compass sites.

Construction and labouring

There may be job opportunities in construction. Look for vacancies on online job sites like the Construction Job, Constructor, Totaljobs, Indeed, Reed and Find a job.

Construction companies also use Recruitment Agencies to advertise seasonal work

You will usually need to have a CSCS Health and Safety Card to work on construction sites.

Please note that the CSCS testing centres are open but it may take longer to sit a test due to social distancing measures.

The CSCS scheme have temporarily changed some scheme rules to help existing card holders:

  • If your card expired in March 2020 or later, you might still be able to use it to get work for now, at your employers’ discretion
  • You now have 12 months instead of 6 to renew an existing card after it expires

Please visit the CSCS website for the most up-to-date situation.

ICT

Engineering

Banking and finance

Just starting out?

Worried you haven’t got a lot of work experience but still looking for paid work? There are opportunities out there for you to get a foothold within the jobs market.

Are you 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit? Under the Kickstart Scheme, you could apply for a 6 months paid job placement, funded by the UK government.

Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme. To apply for a Kickstart vacancy, speak to your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach or see vacancies on the Find a Job website.

Looking to earn while you learn? Why not think about an apprenticeship.

See our Apprenticeships section or find apprenticeship vacancies. You can see more companies that advertise apprenticeships on our Employers who Offer Apprenticeships pages.

Other support if you’re out of work

If you’ve found yourself out of work because of the pandemic, you could get targeted support to get back to work under the UK-wide Job Entry: Targeted Support Scheme (JETS). To be eligible, you need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • Out of work for at least 13 weeks
  • Claiming certain benefits

The support includes specialist advice for people to get in to growing job sectors. Find out more about JETS on the UK Government’s Job Help site.

Job Entry: targeted support is being delivered by Remploy in Wales – visit the JETS page on the Remploy website.

Don’t forget that Careers Wales can help you with your next steps, with job seeking advice and accessing retraining options. This includes redundancy support.

Find out more about retraining funding, see our Getting a job section for job seeking tips, or contact us for more help.

Safer job searching

Watch out for job scams when you search for jobs on websites. More people are being targeted by online job scams. Find out more about how to avoid the job scams at Jobs Aware.

Apply for jobs now

See live vacancies across Wales by visiting our Vacancy Bulletin page.

Jobcentre Plus regularly tweet vacancies – find out more on our page on using social media to job search.


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