The period leading up to Christmas is traditionally one of the best times to find warehouse work as retailers, both online and off, seek to address increasing demand for the holiday season. This year that’s truer than ever. As more sales are made with online retailers than in previous years, many are upsizing their warehouse operations and recruiting for warehouse operatives at every level. Clearly, it’s important to get your application in early to secure a role, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on job site websites, such as Zoek, well in advance of the holiday season to see when the first jobs come online.
Amazing warehouse jobs at Amazon
Amazon, in particular, is inundated with orders from customers seeking to have their Christmas gifts, as well as seasonal foods and drinks, decorations and just about everything else families need for the festive season, delivered direct to their doors. The popularity of Amazon’s newest service, Amazon Prime, has meant that, this year, the company’s fulfilment centres up and down the country are busier than ever before.
The Christmas rush at Amazon starts well before the decorations go up. Amazon needs its Christmas staff in place for Black Friday, which falls on the day after Thanksgiving in the US each year. Having invested £6.4 million into its UK operations since 2010, the number of staff working at Amazon in the UK has risen to 24,000. With warehouse jobs in Daventry, Doncaster, Coalville, Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay, there’s plenty of opportunities for all sorts of warehouse operatives. Warehouse jobs in Bristol are at all time high due to a brand new warehouse facility there.
Busy times for the High Street
It’s not just online retailers that see a surge in demand for warehouse pickers, packers and fork life truck drivers at this time, many high street chain stores with big warehouse or fulfilment centres have warehouse jobs for people with varied skills from administrative staff to engineers. Argos, Boots, Next, Carphone Warehouse and even IKEA are just a few companies all recruiting.
It’s never too early to start looking for a Christmas warehouse job. Surprisingly, one of the busiest days of the year for warehouse pickers and packers is the 2nd December, so those looking to find warehouse jobs for the Christmas need to start looking early on – perhaps as early as September. In fact, there were more than 3,000 Christmas warehouse jobs in Derby for warehouse operatives, admin staff and fork lift truck drivers at the beginning of September this year with a variety of shifts to suit most people. Meanwhile Amazon was still recruiting for 2,500 warehouse jobs in Staffordshire at the Rugeley fulfilment centre in early October.
Warehouse operatives are looking forward to a prosperous New Year
It can be enjoyable working at this time of year too. As Amazon General Manager from Rugeley, Scott Wharton, points out:
'We plan all year round for the festive period and the increase in people at our site provides a positive working environment with a series of fun events that can be enjoyed by everyone.’
Of course, it can hard work, as the hours can be long, but there’s usually a great atmosphere that grows as the festive season nears. Furthermore, rates of pay can be surprisingly good, with plenty of opportunity for overtime to further boost take-home pay.
It’s worth pointing out as well that managers in these warehouse facilities are always on the lookout for star workers to employ for the rest of the year, so who knows, what starts out as a temporary position could become a full-time career?
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