From Locum GPs to in-store present wrappers there’s plenty of work for students this Christmas.

If your looking for a holiday job in the run up to Christmas there’s good news for students from Adzuna.co.uk.  The UK job search specialist says that this year 4,200 seasonal jobs are up for grabs across Britain as employers struggle to recruit temporary staff to cope with the festive rush.

“We’ve seen a huge spike in demand for temporary workers in sales, hospitality, retail and customer service, with clear indications that employers are willing to pay 4% more than average for seasonal staff,” says Flora Lowther, at Adzuna.

Top of the Christmas job list are the Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s, who, are recruiting over 30,000 Christmas staff this year, and that's 10% more than last year.  High street chains like Nando’s and PizzaExpress too appear to be struggling to get hold of enough staff to cover the holiday rush with hundreds of vacancies available. The data from Adzuna also cite hotels, clubs and pubs as great places to pick up seasonal work with 640 chef, waiter & bar jobs still open around Britain.

Retail and Sales sectors are also rich with vacancies this season, particularly in the North East of England who are offering applicants pay packets of up to £126 per day. The best-paid seasonal jobs his year though, are GP Locums and Event Managers receiving an eye-watering £1,500 per day. At the other end of the spectrum, the worst paid jobs are Santa's little helpers and in-store gift wrapper jobs who typically pay the minimum wage.

Finding the right job over Christmas is not just about the money.  Students also have a chance to impress future employers and a seasonable job can be a valuable foot-in-the-door. Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, said, “Christmas, this year, will see the temporary and part-time employment market booming as businesses recruit extra staff to cope with the festive rush.  Seasonal roles give candidates hard-to-find work experience which can lead to permanent job opportunities in the New Year - this is particularly important given the state of youth unemployment in Britain today.”

Data provided for the Student Guardian by Adzuna.co.uk who search thousands of websites and bring together millions of ads so you can find them all in one place. Read more from Azduna