25 October 2019
The pros and cons of having a Christmas job

Christmas can be a busy time of year for many retailers as well as bars and shops. Whether you are a student or someone looking for extra money for the festive period, a Christmas job can be both good and bad. As recruiters, we advise you to start applying for Christmas positions as soon as possible; if you have not done so already, then do it now.

Just like any job you apply for, despite being a temporary position, you still need to prepare yourself in regards to updating your CV, cleaning you social media accounts, ensuring you have the right skills and experience for the role etc. To help you decide whether a Christmas job is right for you, RedBox Recruitment have come up with a list of pros and cons:

Pros of a Christmas job:


A Christmas role may give you the relevant and valuable experience you need to help develop both professionally and personally. You will be working during a busy time of the year, with a demand to meet customer expectations and support. It may also put you in good stead for applying for another job.

Flexible hours

Another pro to having a Christmas job is the flexibility of hours available. There may be a rota for you to select which shifts you work both weekdays and weekends. The Christmas job could also fit around your personal life nicely, ensuring you don’t miss out on all the festive fun.

Learning new skills

Just like any other job, you will learn new skills that you can implement in other roles. Don’t just think of this as a walk in the park – you may learn valued skills, such as customer service, time management or team building which will support you throughout your career.

Extra Money

Christmas can be an expensive time of the year for many people so having a Christmas job can supply you with additional income for you to enjoy and help fund the numerous presents you have to buy.


If you make a good impression during your time at the company, there may be the potential of a full-time job at the end of it. It may not be available immediately, but depending on your work ethic, you may be called on at other times of the year such as school holidays and the summer time when businesses pick up again.


As we said previously, you don’t know what may come from taking on a Christmas job. It provides you insights into the company and the opportunity to meet new people who may support you later on.

Cons of a Christmas job:

Unsociable hours

Unfortunately, there are cons to having a Christmas job and this is the unsociable hours. This is the time when businesses require staff to work later shifts and weekends, including Sunday to satisfy the needs of the customers.

Settling in

Any job takes time to settle in and the contract may be only for a few months. By the time you feel at home in your new work place, may be the time you need to leave.

New faces

There may be a number of temps covering the Christmas period with you so there will be lots of new people to meet. You also have to be weary of the current permanent staff who may feel slightly frustrated having to take the time out of their busy day to train you.

Study stress

If you are a student looking to take on a job over Christmas, be sure to allow you enough time to complete your course work or revision over the festive period. Don’t let money come before your education.


We would like to hear your stories about working a Christmas job and how you felt it affected you both personally and professionally – good or bad.

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