Posted October 25, 2012 by

5 Top Cities For Job Seekers Looking for Seasonal Work

Matt Ferguson of CareerbuilderRetailers are stocking their stores with more than just merchandise going into the holiday season – they are also adding more seasonal help, according to a new survey. Thirty-six percent of retailers plan to have extra hands on deck around the holidays, a healthy jump from 29 percent in 2011. The survey was conducted for Careerbuilder by Harris Interactive among more than 2,400 employers between August 13 and September 6, 2012.

While seasonal hiring is expected across the entire country, the five cities with the largest economies and plans to hire include:

  1. Los Angeles – 22 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 40 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  2. New York – 16 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 35 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  3. Atlanta – 15 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 31 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  4. Philadelphia – 14 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 36 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  5. Chicago – 13 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 31 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions

“An increase in consumer confidence is helping to fuel the best seasonal hiring the U.S. has seen in recent years,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “While the bulk of seasonal recruitment falls within the retail space, companies across industries are hiring for a wide range of positions to support their business operations as they wrap up the year.”

When looking at functional areas within an office or store, popular areas for recruitment this holiday season include:

  • Customer Service – 23 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical support – 15 percent
  • Hospitality – 15 percent
  • Shipping/Delivery – 14 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 9 percent
  • Inventory management – 8 percent
  • Technology – 8 percent
  • Sales (other than retail) – 7 percent

Companies are hiring more and paying more

More than six-in-ten (62 percent) employers plan to pay holiday staff $10 or more an hour in 2012, up from 53 percent last year. Twenty-two percent will pay $16 or more, up from 14 percent last year.

Don’t wait to get a seasonal gig

While holiday jobs fill up quickly, 36 percent of employers who are hiring seasonal staff reported they hire the most in October. Plans to hire in November (30 percent) remains strong, while it tails off in December (11 percent).

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