Though employment has been relatively consistent recently, seasonal hires are expected to increase in the coming months as demand grows with the coming holiday season, according to a new report.
During the summer, employment growth has been moderately improving, with total nonfarm payrolls growing by 169,000 in August and unemployment dropping to 7.3 percent. Many feel that these trends are strong despite not moving as quickly as job seekers would perhaps like. This is why a recent report from Snagajob, an online employment marketplace, is encouraging for those who are looking to find their way into the job market.
The company's annual seasonal hiring survey indicates that there will be more seasonal jobs available in the coming months this year when compared to last year. Of those who were surveyed, 69 percent of hourly hiring managers expect to be making new additions for the end of the year rush, up 6 percent from 2012. The survey also found that on average, these managers expect to hire almost 8 seasonal workers, up from about 6 last year.
With the country's employment situation the way it is, contract workers are expected to be sorely neededduring the holidays as business demands call for increased manpower. At the same time, businesses are still trying to maintain relatively low labor costs, making contingent work a desirable solution. Some of the largest industries looking to hire include retail, along with shipping companies and inventory positions, according to the report.
To manage both of these competing factors, many companies have looked to performance-based flexible labor solutions. When compared to conventional temporary labor, these strategies prove quite useful because they can improve worker productivity through fiscal incentives. Because the holidays can be stressful for everyone, employees have the possibility of losing focus on the job, but with on-site managers who are responsible for productivity, this problem can be addressed effectively while maintaining low labor costs.