Seasonal Hiring by the Numbers: Positions, Industries and Major Employers

Holiday Shopping BagiStock_000015475220XSmallNow is the time to help clients get seasonal jobs.  Primarily part-time, seasonal jobs can help clients build US work history, confidence and relevant experience.  They can also transition into full time jobs.

Despite slower holiday sales forecasts, retailers are still planning on hiring temporary seasonal staff to help man their stores during the shopping season.

CareerBuilder’s annual survey finds 39% of retail hiring managers will bring on additional temporary workers this year, with 51% planning to pay these workers at least $10 an hour, or more. The hiring number is up from 36% in 2012 and 29% in 2011.

Even better news is that many of these positions could become full time. Nearly half (49%) of U.S. employers who are hiring seasonal workers plan to transition some into full-time, permanent staff. This is up ten percentage points over last year and indicative of a growing trend where employers are test-driving candidates before committing to a long-term hire,” says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, in a release.

The majority of job openings will stem from the retail sector, but employers in information technology (18%), leisure and hospitality (16%) and financial services (16%) also plan to hire seasonal staff.

Popular positions that companies will be hiring for include customer service (33%), shipping and delivery (18%), inventory management (17%), administrative and clerical (15%), non-retail sales (12%), marketing (9%) and accounting and finance work (6%).

These major retailers all report plans to hire between 17 ,ooo and 77,000 seasonal workers this year:  Walmart, Kohl’s, Toys R Us, Target, Gamestop, Amazon and J.C. Penney.

Read the entire article from which this data was excerpted.


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