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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. The current COVID-19 situation has resulted in a reduction in the number, and variety, of part-time jobs available, especially in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and retail sectors. On the other hand, the need for staff in part-time roles in healthcare support and logistics has increased. While we expect to see some recovery across the impacted sectors, and while demand for other roles may continue to emerge or develop, we can't make confident or reliable predictions about the strength or timescale of this recovery.  

However some areas are buoyant and on this page you'll find information on where to look for part-time and vacation work. 

Our blog post provides excellent advice on the part-time job market during the current COVID-19 situation:

Finding part-time work


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.  


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.

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.

Information Services Group - student employment 

You will find campus-based jobs offered by the Students' Association, and other ad hoc University opportunities, advertised on MyCareerHub.

MyCareerHub      (choose Opportunity type = on-campus employment)

Local job sites 

These are examples of sites which cover Edinburgh and surrounding areas.  

The C19 jobs portal (COVID-19 jobs support), provided by the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal, includes many part-time opportunities.



Recruitment agencies 

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: 

Recruitment agencies

Ask around 

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. 

How to write your CV

You will need a National Insurance Number – here's how to get one: 

National Insurance Numbers