Study: More retailers hiring this holiday season

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Study: More retailers hiring this holiday season

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM EDT

CareerBuilder’s annual survey finds that retailers will be stocking up on additional staff this holiday season.

According to the news release from CareerBuilder:

Thirty-nine percent of retail hiring managers reported that they plan to hire seasonal workers this year, up from 36 percent last year and 29 percent in 2011. Employers in information technology (18 percent), leisure and hospitality (16 percent) and financial services (16 percent) also plan to hire seasonal staff. Half (51 percent) of employers hiring seasonal staff will pay $10 or more per hour.

“Seasonal employment is expected to be somewhat better than last year, and can lead to more than just extra income for workers,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. “Nearly half (49 percent) 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. Seasonal work is a good way for job seekers to network, showcase their abilities and secure a permanent position in a variety of industries.”

Hot Areas for Seasonal Hiring

While people most often associate seasonal work with retail stores, there is also a wide range of opportunities in corporate settings as companies wrap up the year. Popular positions companies will be recruiting for this holiday season include:

· Customer Service – 33 percent

· Shipping/Delivery – 18 percent

· Inventory Management – 17 percent

· Administrative/Clerical – 15 percent

· Sales (non-retail) – 12 percent

· Marketing – 9 percent

· Accounting/Finance – 6 percent

Workforce Segments Companies Are Targeting

Companies tend to hire who they know. The vast majority of employers (67 percent) who hire seasonal staff said they typically re-hire some of the same people for holiday positions every year.

The survey also shows that companies target certain workforce segments more often to fill seasonal roles. Nearly half of employers said they tend to recruit a higher proportion of college students for holiday jobs while 17 percent hire more retirees.

· College students – 45 percent

· Experienced workers who are not retired – 34 percent

· High school students – 23 percent

· Retirees – 17 percent

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