Typical employers and jobs
Edinburgh hosts a wide range of employers from private business, public sector, and voluntary/charitable organisations. You could find yourself working for a large organisation, an SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) or sole trader. MyCareerHub advertises jobs across all sectors and has strong links with individual households and the University.
Individual householders provide many opportunities in childcare, tutoring, gardening or cleaning. Many of those who advertise on MyCareerHub have been in contact with us for a number of years or are university employees.
The University of Edinburgh
Common areas of part-time work within the University are clerical and admin, marketing and hospitality. Regularly-advertised student roles include student ambassador, open day helper, editorial assistant, data entry assistant, website tester and receptionist.
We work closely with EUSA who advertise a variety of roles in hospitality and bar work.
Another option is to sign up with one of the many catering or event companies who look for staff on a casual basis. You work directly for the agency but will be sent out to work in various locations. Many of these agencies advertise on MyCareerHub.
Other vacancy sources
There are many recruitment agencies in Edinburgh who recruit you to work for other companies. For further information visit the 'Recruitment agencies' page. You can also search the 'Employer' section of MyCareerHub to find a list of agencies within a specific sector.
Websites and other sources of vacancies
The government-run website, Jobcentre Plus, which supports job seekers, advertises local part-time jobs. Local employers often advertise their vacancies on Edinburgh Gumtree.
Many businesses simply advertise in their shop windows or on community boards in local supermarkets. Churches and community centres may advertise on their boards or in newsletters.
Wherever you find your vacancies, please keep your personal safety in mind and be aware that not all employers are legitimate. Read our guidance on staying safe and spotting scams.
Range of jobs
Edinburgh is a busy city with a thriving tourist industry and world famous Festivals. Other sectors which provide many opportunities are care, education, retail and hospitality.
Most-frequently advertised jobs
- Administration assistant
- Flyering and marketing assistant
- Child care worker and social care worker
- Waiter and bar person
- Brand ambassador (for guidelines on this role, see the link on our employer-facing webpage)
These jobs generally require a higher lever of skill, a qualification or experience.
- Life Guard
- Film extras
- Balloon crew
- Jumper ooter
MyCareerHub advertises a wide variety of opportunities including shifts during the day, evening and weekends so you should find something to suit you. If you do not want to commit to a regular part-time job, ‘one off’ opportunities such as envelope stuffers, events staff and focus group participants, are also available.
Vacation work opportunities
You will find that many employers who offer you work in semester will want you to stay on throughout the vacations. Because of Edinburgh’s tourist industry however, there are also many seasonal opportunities which become available only during vacations.
These include work in children’s summer camps, hospitality work, tourism vacancies and opportunities in language schools.
MyCareerHub not only advertises vacation opportunities available in Edinburgh but also throughout the UK and abroad. We have many resources within our careers information centre about working in specific locations and seasonal opportunities.