Temp Jobs in Glasgow
Scotland’s former capital of manufacturing has transformed into a modern centre of business and commerce. Factory-based employees now represent just 25% of the total population, with the majority being employed in the service industry. What’s the city like to its students? More than 35% of students stay on after graduating, which shows how appealing Glasgow has become. The city’s key areas of industry are Services (including financial and creative), Health and Education, Retail, Tourism and Hospitality.
Seasonal and Temporary Jobs in Glasgow
Travellers and backpackers would do well to include Glasgow in their UK job-search. For the best seasonal work in Glasgow, look in the hospitality, marketing and retail industries. Move further afield and you could look for temp jobs in the upmarket hotels around Glasgow.
Where to find temporary jobs in Glasgow
- For office work, register with recruitment agencies in the city. Try Hays, Reed, Blue Arrow, Kelly’s and Rullion.
- For retail jobs and bar work in Glasgow, one of the best ways to get a job is by applying in person. Glasgow has excellent public transport and concentrations of businesses that employ seasonal jobs.
- Job Centre Plus is always a good place to start your job search – this government-run initiative has several branches in the Glasgow region. You can see a consultant for personal advice and relevant job opportunities, and (unlike some private agencies) they won’t take a cut from your pay packet. They also keep the current listings online. Site: www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
- Newspapers: Glasgow’s leading papers, the Evening Times and the Daily Record, both carry temp job ads – the ET on Mondays and the DR on Thursdays.
Summer jobs in Glasgow
A recent survey showed that 4% of Glasgow graduates planned to work in one of the Edinburgh festivals for the summer! Some other popular choices included working in bars, restaurants or shops – all of which get more trade, and need more staff, during the summer months. Glasgow’s blossoming tourist industry brings thousands of visitors and hundreds of millions of pounds of income every year. Look for jobs in bars and restaurants, but also in hotels and spa centres – anywhere likely to receive tourist custom in the summer.
Christmas retail jobs in Glasgow
As Christmas approaches, hundreds of temporary jobs appear in Glasgow. Retail outlets and bars advertise in their own windows and in the local press – arrive in time and you should be able to find work. You’ll be paid at least the minimum wage, usually more, although you will be expected to work through most of the holidays. If you’re accustomed to retail work it’s a bonus, because Christmas in the city is manic with people from towns all over Scotland. Don’t expect an easy time – in a retail or bar environment you’ll be on your feet all day, dealing with stressed Christmas shoppers and huge queues.
Ski jobs in and around Glasgow
If you’re qualified to teach ski or snow sports, try the Glasgow Ski and Snow Centre, XScape or the West Scotland Snowsports Centre. A little further out, look for opportunities in Fort William – the UK “outdoor capital” for sports. The Nevis Range Mountain Centre offers skiing when the weather permits. Many centres run walking, cycling, kayaking and climbing days and courses, and it’s a good source of potential work. Site: http://www.outdoorcapital.co.uk/
Finding seasonal accommodation in Glasgow
The Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow both open up their student accommodation in the summer, allowing tourists and overseas visitors to book rooms or flats between June and September. This is a great opportunity – not just to get good-value accommodation in the city of Glasgow, but also to meet other travellers and share experiences; shared facilities give you social contact, which can be very welcome if you’re travelling alone.