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Explained Simply: Casual summer event work

June 9, 2017

Explained Simply: Casual summer event work

The summer season sees a huge demand for casual workers in the events industry, ranging from waiting staff at weddings to scaffolding crews building stages at Glastonbury. But what is the reality of working in this sector? The working conditions can vary a huge amount and will depend on a number of things:

Location 

With events hosted up and down the country, there’s always an opportunity to find a temporary role. With the allure of festival staffing, large open-air event staffing and summer parties, one thing candidates often forget to check is, ‘will I be able to get there and get back home?’

Candidates often apply for these interesting and fun roles at events far and wide and are then confronted with the brutal realisation that the last train ended long before the event did!

The event may finish at 11.00pm but with the cleaning up and ‘break up’ of the event, it may be well after midnight before you finish, so make sure you keep an eye on the times and ensure you have the appropriate means to get home.

Working hours

Event staffing doesn’t have the same set hours as a 9am-5pm role, events can be at any time during the day and require staff that can adapt. When looking for a role, always take into account your working hours and if you’re able to meet the times set by the employer.

Are you prepared to work a 12 hour day and then get up the next day and do it again? Make sure you agree start and end times with your employer, so you know exactly when and how long you’re working for.

Variety

In the world of events, you need to be flexible. Whether you’re part of the staffing team or the person holding the event, the one thing events experts in the industry will tell you, is that you have to be flexible.

For example: One day you may be working twenty minutes away from home, the next it may be an hour’s journey by two tube trains. You won’t be paid for travel time, so make sure you are prepared and understand the costings of getting to the event location!

Pay rates

This can differ from venue to venue, but you can often expect to earn the national minimum wage which is £7.50, some venues however pay more, particularly if they are signed up to the London Living Wage.

Also take into account that you won’t usually get paid for breaks, but sometimes you will be given benefits by the staffing recruitment agency, for example Jobs2Go offer free meals to our events staff #Win!

Uniform

At nearly every event you work at, you’ll be dressed in what the hospitality industry calls the ‘black and whites’ uniform. To make sure you’re prepared, ensure you have a pair of smart black trousers and a long sleeved, collared white shirt of your own. Sometimes this may differ and you may be a requirement to wear branded shirts, waistcoat, aprons etc. This should be supplied by the event company, so you will always be informed by your recruitment agency.

Working ‘the season’ in hospitality can be great fun and it gives you the opportunity to visit loads of stunning venues and amazing events while meeting loads of different, interesting people!

If you’re interested in working at some of London’s best events, give Jobs2Go a call on:  0207 334 3929 or sign up for job alerts here.

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