EmploymentResearch by the Job Search Engine Adzuna.co.uk shows that despite rising unemployment among 16-24 year olds, the job market this summer for students, university leavers and young part time workers is booming with over 25,000 part time jobs up for grabs in June.

Security & Hospitality vacancies dominate this swell in summer jobs with big British sporting events and festivals hiring more than ever before.Wimbledon is one of the top hiring events this summer with over 7,000 staff working at the Championships this year. There are still dozens of catering & hospitality jobs up for grabs at the All England Club paying an average salary of £8.50 per hour. Musical Festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival, Bestival and Wireless are among the top hiring events this summer. Glastonbury alone has created 40,000+ jobs this summer (of which hundreds are still available) -  from Back Stage Managers at £20 per hour to Toilet Cleaners at £6.31 per hou

Where in Britain are the jobs?

Students and University leavers should look to head to London and the South East this summer. Nearly 60% of all summer jobs advertised this month are in this part of the country.
Fruit Pickers & Packers are in unusually hot demand this summer with more than 500 job vacancies currently live. 20% of these jobs are in South West England.

Healthy pay packets

Car Parkers, Stewards & Marshals can expect to be paid an average of £8.50 per hour this summer, that's 37% higher than the national average for the year. Volunteers and paid staff at music festivals such as Glastonbury and V are further incentivised with free festival tickets worth £260). Seasonal staff at Wimbledon, Queens and Lords Cricket - working full-time for two weeks at an average wage of £6.75 per hour, will together earn over £1m. The largest number vacancies at events this summer are in security and stewarding, but it is the least well-paid, earning between £6.45 - £6.65 per hour

Highly skilled workers earn up to £55 per hour at summer events

The best paid temporary jobs often require years of training in a given field. Emergency GPs on hand at the major events this summer can earn up to £55 an hour over 12-hour shifts, and private nurses not much less at £35-£40/hr. Computer science students and graduates pay attention - There are nearly 1,000 entry level IT summer jobs currently being advertised in the UK paying up to £18 per hour. The top paying summer jobs are all in The City of London where economics, finance and IT boffins can earn a packet this summer

Flora Lowther, head of research at Adzuna, commented, “Having every job ad in the UK in our search engine gives us a real birds eye view of what’s happening in the UK labour market. While youth unemployment continues to be one of the biggest issues facing the UK economy, young people should be buoyed by the number of jobs still available this summer and the wages employers are willing to pay.”

Best Paid Summer Job Vacancies

Job Title

Pay (Per Day)

GP Locum


Private Emergency Nurses


Sales Executive - Corporate Hospitality


Transportation Managers


Model Maker - Formula 1 Team


Lowest Paying Summer Job Vacancies


Job Title


Waiters/Waitresses - Royal Ascot

£6.08 per hour

Kitchen Porter - Queen’s Club

£6.08 - £6.50 per hour + overtime

Building Marquees and Event Structures

£6.75 per hour

Transport Advisors - Multiple Events

£6.50 per hour

Stewards and Marshals - V Festival

Up to £7.50 per hour

Weird and Wonderful Summer Jobs titles

Job Title


Strawberries and Cream packer, Wimbledon


Greenpeace Litter picker, Glastonbury

No pay, Free festival entry

Glitter and face paint coordinator, Festivals

No pay, Free festival entry

Festival Mail Man, Secret Garden Party

No pay, Free festival entry

Mixologist, Found festival

£8.50 ph

Top Event Employers this Summer


Number of Staff*



Found Festival


Epsom Derby


Reading Festival


Royal Ascot


*Note that the number of staff is the total number of people working at the event and is not a reflection of current vacancies

Research provided to the Student Guardian by Adzuna.co.uk

Adzuna’s data also powers the Number 10 Dashboard, used by the Prime Minister and senior officials to keep track of economic growth on a daily basis.