Shops, catering, and transport and logistics will be the sectors that will generate more jobs during the upcoming Christmas season

The flashing lights of the trees can already be seen in the distance and the hum of the Christmas carols is approaching. Christmas is just around the corner and the labour market is gearing up for 338.300 new contracts in the trade, catering, and transport and logistics sectors. These jobs that will mainly attract professionals aged 25 to 40 who have been pursuing higher education, such as university studies or higher education and who also have prior experience.

Based on the expectations of the human resources business, Randstad, it will be the best Christmas campaign sense the beginning of the crisis, which hit its lowest mark in 2008 and 2012. Recruitment is expected to rise by 11.5 % compared to the previous year. Catalonia and Madrid will be the two regions where employment will increase most at Christmas, followed by Andalusia, the Basque Country, Valencia, Castilla y León and Aragón.

Trade at the forefront of recruitment

Packers, fork-lift drivers, warehouse staff, transport staff, telemarketing phone operators and customer service professionals will be the most widely sought after profiles by electronic commerce outlets and large department stores.

In fact, Amazon has already announced that it will hire more than 1,000 employees at its logistics centre in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) to cater for the increase in demand expected during the coming months due to the Christmas shopping campaign. More than 2,600 people will be working at the logistics centre of this electronic trade giant in Madrid.

Large companies like El Corte Inglés or Carrefour will strengthen their staff again during the Christmas campaign and predictably hire more staff than last year, when the group chaired by Dimás Gimeno recruited about 7,000 people and Carrefour more than 5,800 employees, including shop assistants, promoters, and business profiles, mainly.

On the other hand, Seur will prepare for Christmas and the sales campaign by recruiting more than 1,700 staff, to add to the 500 jobs already created in its courier force this year. These additions represent an increase of 34% compared to the 6,600 employees with which it started the year.

The increase in tourism is another of the main elements that will favour the employment market during the Christmas campaign. The higher hotel occupancy rates expected for this period will generate employment opportunities for receptionists, waiters, and entertainers.
Catering is also another essential activity at this time of year, mainly due to social events, such as company meals or celebrations with friends and family. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be looking for cooks, assistants and waiters to meet the increase in demand.