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Jobseekers looking for a summer job to boost their coffers have thousands of options to choose from, according to new research from smarter job search engine Adzuna. With many sectors still struggling to fill open vacancies, employers are looking to seasonal workers to plug employment gaps, and enticing hourly rates are on offer.

Table 1: Summer Job Vacancies – By Region

UK region Advertised summer vacancies
London 4,292
South East England 2,410
South West England 1,533
North West England 1,326
Eastern England 1,217
West Midlands 918
Yorkshire & Humber 667
East Midlands 664
Scotland 383
Wales 303
North East England 286
Northern Ireland 78

Paul Lewis, chief customer officer at job search engine Adzuna, comments: “This year’s picnic of seasonal job options includes openings for fruit pickers, summer camp teachers, and beach cleaners. Employers up and down the UK have been struggling to fill open positions and summer represents an opportunity to get ahead and plug employment gaps with temporary workers. As well as the obvious financial boost, for jobseekers starting out or students on their summer holidays, summer can be a great opportunity to test out different sectors and find what works for them. It’s also a chance to pick up new skills, hone work ethic, and grab some experiences to bolster their CVs and discuss at future job interviews. A short-term summer job can ultimately lead to a longer-term financial boost by helping jobseekers find and secure the right jobs for them, as well as topping up holiday funds.”

Top 11 summer jobs available now include:

  1. Beach cleaners: Perfect for any beach boys and beach babes who also care about keeping our swim spots litter free and protecting coastal wildlife. Roles are available around the country, including Thanet Beaches, Margate, Joss Bay, and Botany Bay. Pay rates range from £9.50 an hour, up to £18.70 per hour in some locations including Brighton & Hove. Applicants must be willing to work in all weather and happy with being on their feet all day.
  2. Ice cream operative: Know your gelato from your sorbet? You could get a summer job scooping the sweet stuff as an ice cream assistant. Pay rates start at £9.50 per hour rising up to as much as £14 per hour for ice cream chef roles at London’s Gelupo, as well as free cones after shifts.
  3. Lifeguard: Over 1,200 lifeguard vacancies are currency being advertised across the UK. From pools, to beaches, to leisure centres, this role could be a great opportunity to keep fit while looking after the safety of tourists enjoying the Great British Summer. The RNLI is hiring up and down the country, with pay rates ranging from £9.90 to £11.86 per hour depending on the qualifications and experience, and training available on the job. As well as search and rescue skills, candidates must be vigilant and focused as well as friendly and approachable.
  4. Festival hand: Glastonbury may be behind us, but festival season continues to roll through late summer and into autumn, bringing with it great opportunities to earn extra cash while bagging a free ticket to watch music, sports, or other live events. There are 3,591 festival-based jobs currently up for grabs, including vacancies for litter pickers, bar staff, and cup collectors. Pay rates range from £11 – £14 per hour and no experience is necessary, just a great attitude!
  5. Theme park attendant: Thrill seekers should consider a summer role as a theme park attendant. Parks including Alton Towers are hiring now and perks of the job include free entry to affiliated attractions for family and friends – in itself worth up to £1,000. A total of 2,775 theme-park based roles are being advertised now. Pay rates start at £9.50 per hour, with higher pay on offer for roles like chefs, but we think free roller coaster rides are priceless.
  6. Summer camp: Camps may not be as big business in the UK as in the US, but there are still hundreds of opportunities to be had as parents look to keep their kids entertained throughout the summer holidays. Pay rates start at £9 per hour, while those with teaching experience can make upwards of £400 per week.
  7. Swimming instructor: Qualified swim coaches can earn up to £30 per hour, making this a top earning summer job.
  8. Fruit picking: You don’t need to attend Wimbledon for a serving of strawberries and cream, how about a job picking fruit? British farms offer harvesting work throughout summer, picking strawberries, raspberries, cherries and other fruits. Pay rates typically start at £9.50 per hour and applicants should be prepared for some early starts as well as physical labour involving bending, lifting and twisting.
  9. Summer internship: For those looking to add some clout to their CV, exploring a summer internship could be a good option to score some valuable work experience and explore future career options. Hundreds of vacancies are on offer across all sectors, including Hilton which is advertising for Food & Beverage interns for the summer.
  10. Commonwealth Games staff: 2022’s Commonwealth Games is coming to Birmingham and it could be a great option for West Midlanders looking to pick up a shift this summer. Event staff will be tasked with answering queries from the general public, directing people to and from the games at nearby train stations, and ensuring spectator safety. Pay ranges from £14 – £16 per hour, making this a lucrative opportunity for sporting fans.
  11. Vineyard worker: Gusbourne Vineyard is looking for grape pickers for their Kent and Sussex vineyards ready for the September harvest, with pay rates of £11 per hour. With English wine maturing in popularity, this seasonal job is one to watch.

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