Top areas for seasonal jobs

Some positive news for seasonal workers cropped up today in the form of a press release. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, over 40% of employers plan to hire seasonal workers on a full-time basis after the holiday rush.

The survey reports that two-in-five employers who are hiring seasonal workers in the fourth quarter this year said they will likely transition some into full-time, permanent employees, up from 31 percent in 2009.

The top five areas employers are recruiting holiday help for include retail (33 percent), customer service (31 percent), administrative/clerical support (17 percent) shipping and delivery (12 percent) and hospitality (10 percent).

Office jobs are getting in the holiday spirit too. CareerBuilder reports that companies will be hiring employees for inventory management, accounting/finance, non-retail sales, marketing, technology and public relations.

Nearly half (48 percent) of hiring managers expect to pay $10 or more per hour and 9 percent expect to pay $16 or more per hour.  Thirty-two percent of hiring managers plan to pay between $8 and $9 per hour and 19 percent expect to pay between $6 and $7.  While some hiring managers (13 percent) reported they plan to increase pay for seasonal workers compared to the same period last year, 14 percent are planning a decrease.

The survey was conducted among more than 2,400 employers between August 17 and September 2, 2010.

“Seasonal work can be a valuable opportunity for job seekers to not only gain new skills and experience, but to also land full-time, permanent positions,” said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. “Job seekers looking for seasonal work should prepare their resumes and look into open positions sooner rather than later, as a significant number of employers start hiring for seasonal positions in October.”


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