FATHER Christmas impersonators are being offered £800 a shift to spread festive cheer as Britain suffers from a shortage of Santa Claus.
There should be hundreds of Father Christmases in the caves to entertain children above and below the country.
And businesses are getting so desperate that some are offering a whopping £100 an hour – more than six times Santa’s usual rate of £15 an hour.
No experience needed, with one ad reading: “Ideal candidate must have some Christmas knowledge.
“However, training will be provided along with actual costumes and the ability to earn various amounts.”
In many areas, wages for Santa Claus have nearly tripled – to £40 an hour.
But one job listing looking for “Father Christmas actors” in Basildon, Essex, is offering £75- £100 an hour – £17,000 for December.
Indeed, the blame for the lack of candidates is on the waning appetite for seasonal roles.
Others argue that workers want to avoid jobs where they may be more at risk from catching Covid.
Jack Kennedy, UK economist at Indeed, said: “With an overabundance of available jobs, people are less interested in seasonal jobs than before and, above all, very few people are urgently looking for them. job.
“As a result, employers across the country are offering wages well above the minimum and in some cases the equivalent of hundreds of pounds a day to attract Santa and his elves. .”
Mitch Allen, self-styled “Head Elf” at HireSanta, added: “We’ve seen an increase in people looking for Santa in the UK.”
It comes like truck drivers are being offered up to £70,000 a year and £2,000 joining bonuses to take on delivery roles for major UK supermarkets.
And Britain faces pig in blankets and ham shortages over Christmas due to a reported shortage of butchers.
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