Christmas is always a time for bursts of short term employment, extra staff in shops and restaurants, stand-ins for Santa/elves etc. Sainsbury’s have already announced that they will need to take on 20,000 temporary staff over the Christmas period. Tesco have come up with a novel but sensible idea (‘why didn’t I think of that’ cry the other supermarket chains!) of supporting their staff by hiring redundant family members and friends to fill their proposed 6,000 Christmas vacancies. Simple yet effective.