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:
|Occupation||Number of Job Postings|
|Care workers and home carers||4,554|
|Sales accounts and business development managers||2,944|
|Kitchen and catering assistants||2,476|
|Sales and retail assistants||2,040|
|Cleaners and domestics||1,989|
|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.
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:
Other hotel job sites
Find out more about job roles within hospitality and tourism on the Working Wales website.
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
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.
Construction and labouring
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.
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.
Looking to earn while you learn? Why not think about an apprenticeship.
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.
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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