Recent industry reports have stated that there’s pretty good news on the hiring front for seasonal and temporary employees.
Some retailers need extra hands at this time of year. Among the big companies looking to add to its workforce are Macy’s (NYSE:M), which announced it will fill 65,000 positions in sales, warehouse and customer service departments. Earlier this fall Toys R Us announced the opening of 600 mini stores and kiosks inside the malls to help boost sales, and subsequently is looking to hire about 45,000 new employees for the season.
Electronics giants Best Buy and Radio Shack have both posted “help wanted” signs on their doors as well because of the increasing demand for tech gadgets, HD TVs and other must-have electronic devices. The national average for pay of holiday workers in retail ranges between $8-10 an hour – slightly more for those companies’ warehouse employees. But the opportunity is there for those who are interested in earning a few bucks.
Since the beginning of November, online sales have exceeded $13 billion, a 13% jump from last holiday season. Indeed, whoever coined the term Cyber Monday was right on the money. Online sales for the event topped $1 billion alone.
Amazon.com is one of the top companies hiring for online support, adding more than 10,000 workers to its sales and fulfillment divisions in its five product warehouse locations. Several other locations throughout the company are offering seasonal-to-permanent slots in managerial positions.
Holiday Mall Events
Almost every mall in the country has a Santa Claus station, where children of all ages can tell the big man their wish lists for Christmas Day. Mall Santas are carefully chosen, trained and groomed far in advance. But many helpers and elves are needed to handle long lines of impatient children, photo assignments, and other assorted duties befitting residents of the North Pole.
Companies like UPS (NYSE:UPS), DHL and FedEx (NYSE:FDX) are beefing up employee numbers in their distribution centers, as well as adding drivers and driver’s helpers to their fleets. One bonus: the flexible hours are attractive for folks who are looking for second- and third-shift schedules.
Food Service & Hospitality
The food and beverage industry has seen the greatest growth in hiring, adding approximately 143,000 new positions since the beginning of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, that represents a growth rate of four-times as many new jobs as the rest of the economy.
Companies looking to serve up new hires are in the fast food market, mall-based eateries and national or regional chains, like Applebee’s, Chili’s and Olive Garden. Also, catering companies often add extra staff (including waiters and bartenders) in order to accommodate holiday parties, office functions and private gatherings.
Every year in the United States, between 25 and 30 million fresh Christmas trees are sold. That’s not counting grave blankets, wreaths, pine roping for banisters and all the bells and whistles for decorating. Many garden centers and landscapers also offer snow plowing services – which requires extra hands, as well. So if you don’t mind working outdoors in all sorts of weather conditions, there are jobs to be had.
The holidays are a time to make extra budget. So if you’re interested, chances are there’s a job for you.