Where to look for part-time and vacation jobs
How to find part-time and vacation work.
Edinburgh is a major city with a wide range of employers offering a variety of part-time work. Research carried out by our student intern in summer 2021 identified the following sectors as advertising most part-time vacancies on MyCareerHub: education, health and social care, IT, marketing, and retail and sales.
Tutoring was popular even before the pandemic but online tutoring opportunities, both freelance and through tutoring websites, have boomed. The health and social care sector could mean working for the NHS or for private care companies; besides caring roles, these organisations will also recruit administrative staff and receptionists. Recently there has also been an increase in online sales and customer service positions, as well as delivery and warehouse jobs. The hospitality and events sector, a traditional source of many student jobs, was badly hit by Covid-19 but is now starting to recover.
We advertise hundreds of part-time jobs on MyCareerHub every year. We add new vacancies daily – check them frequently so you don’t miss out on a great opportunity. You can filter opportunities to find part-time and one-off work. We make sure these opportunities are suitable for students and advise you to use MyCareerHub as a starting point for looking for part-time options.
Keep an eye on our #PartTimeJobofTheWeek on the Careers’ Service Twitter page where we highlight new opportunities being advertised on MyCareerHub.
Working for the University
The University is a major employer of student staff in a variety of part-time and vacation roles and is committed to providing a high-quality employee experience. Most of these posts are advertised on University Jobs.
These opportunities can be fixed term or more permanent, and often will be flexible so you can arrange work around your studies. You will work up to 15 hours a week during the semesters but may have options for more hours during the summer.
Typical campus-based opportunities include: customer service roles, student ambassadors, IT support, student callers, and administrative roles.
Jobs for students at the University (secured) (University login required)
The University's Information Services Group (ISG) offers paid work experience for students. These opportunities are advertised on Unitemps.
The Students' Association employs students for some roles:
Also check MyCareerHub for ad hoc University opportunities.
MyCareerHub (choose Opportunity type = on-campus employment)
Local job sites
We can't officially endorse external websites and resources and we encourage you to research your options carefully.
The following websites advertise part-time vacancies, many of which are suitable for students, in Edinburgh and surrounding areas:
StudentJob – features lots of online opportunities
Glassdoor – allows you to see employee reviews of companies
Indeed – has filters for remote opportunities and opportunities which are temporarily remote due to the coronavirus pandemic
E4S - Employment4Students – opportunities, articles and advice on topics related to part-time work for students
Research the opportunities you find on these and similar sites thoroughly before you commit to an opportunity. Be aware that sometimes job websites will advertise commission only opportunities such as one-off paid surveys and emails, and it may not be immediately obvious that they are not permanent job opportunities.
Not every opportunity will specify the pay upfront and sometimes websites will advertise self-employed jobs or freelance work. These opportunities are worth considering but you should be aware that they may not offer the same benefits and protections as traditional jobs recruiting for permanent employees.
If you are unsure about the terms and conditions of employment or the legitimacy of an opportunity, please contact the Advice Place based in Potterrow or, if the opportunity was advertised on MyCareerHub, contact us here at the Careers Service.
Recruitment agencies and staffing agencies are good sources of part-time and vacation work in sectors such as health and social care, catering and hospitality. Read more about them here:
The Gig Economy
You've probably heard mention of this in news reports or when researching part-time jobs. This blog post outlines what it is and highlights why you should keep it in mind.
The gig economy - what does it mean for you? Inform.ed blog
Ask around, and follow your favourites
Take a proactive approach - ask businesses if they need any new staff. Watch out for notices in the windows of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, which often need staff at short notice. Take a CV which is tailored to the business and be ready to give them your “sales pitch” - why you want to work for them and why you’d be suitable. Even if they don't have any current opportunities, many businesses will be willing to keep your CV on file in case they need somebody later on.
Ask your friends and classmates too. Many will have part-time jobs and might be able to put you in touch with their employer.
Many local organisations recruiting part-time staff use social media to advertise vacancies. We recommend following businesses you’d like to work with and monitoring their vacancies. Sometimes marketing emails from different organisations will include notices telling you that they are hiring.
You will need a National Insurance Number – here's how to get one:
Looking for some inspiration?
Read this student guest post from our Inform.ed blog on working as a waitress in a busy Edinburgh restaurant - it includes reflections on the skills developed: