Father Xmas impersonators offered up to £100 an hour in Britain

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Father Xmas impersonators offered up to £100 an hour in Britain
Father Xmas impersonators offered up to £100 an hour in Britain. image: pexels

Father Xmas impersonators offered up to £100 an hour in Britain

Christmas grottos across Britain are suffering a Father Xmas shortage brought about by Covid and also Brexit. As a result, many places are offering up to £100 an hour for Santa impersonators. Job sites are being inundated with vacancies for Father Xmas jobs, where applicants can earn up to £800 a day.

“The ideal candidate must have some knowledge of Christmas”, said one job offer, “However, training will be provided along with a realistic costume and the ability to earn various amounts”, it added.

In previous years, a Santa could earn £10 an hour, but this year it has quadrupled and somebody can earn £40 an hour for dressing up in the iconic red outfit and putting the white beard on. At that rate, it would be possible to rake in around £17,000 for the whole month of December.

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Nextdoor‘, is a Community networking site, and its boss, Roisin O’Neil, explained, “We truly believe every town, village and community deserves a visit from Santa”. So much so that they have trained 100 volunteer ‘Father Christmases’, to be able to supply various neighbourhoods.

The company had conducted a previous survey, the results of which showed that as many 80 per cent of children across the country could miss out on a festive visit to Santa. An incredible 22 per cent of parents said there was no Santa’s grotto in the immediate vicinity.

“Santa and his elves are not immune to the shortage of seasonal workers”, warned Jack Kennedy, who is a UK economist for job search site indeed.co.uk, as reported by dailystar.co.uk.


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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