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Job postings increase during Christmas season as retail workers and Santa wanted

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 6 days ago Emma Costello
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The number of jobs available in Ireland have increased due to the Christmas season.

New data from jobs site Indeed.com says seasonal job postings have increased by 11pc compared to last year.

They reported a surge in postings for Christmas related roles in early Autumn, as businesses prepare for the busy time.


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Their analysis reviewed jobs posted on its website that included at least one of the following in the job title — ‘Christmas’, ‘Xmas’, ‘seasonal’, ‘elf’, ‘holiday’, ‘santa’, ‘claus’.

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Indeed say the festive jobs advertised are predominantly customer-facing sales jobs in the retail sector with 73% of jobs on offer in shops.

Other big seasonal roles advertised help ensure retailers don’t run out of stock. These jobs are focused on stocking, merchandising, driving and warehouse work.

Just 25 of the jobs posted on their site are for the hospitality sector.

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Jobs that require the successful candidate to dress up as Santa, Mrs Claus or an elf made up 4% of the postings.

Economist at Indeed Pawl Adrjan said Christmas jobs on the site were posted earlier and faster than in 2017.

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He explained: ‘This is likely to be boosted by other seasonal retail events such as Black Friday, which happens in November.

‘Demand for seasonal employment is increasing against a backdrop of record low unemployment, which makes it harder for businesses to find employees for temporary roles.’

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