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.
‘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.