If earning extra cash would make your holidays happier, this season should be brighter than the last.
According to a survey by the consulting firm Hay Group, 36 percent of retailers say they’ll hire more seasonal staff in 2012 than they did in 2011, with 57 percent planning to hire at the same level as last year.
On average, a single department store location hired 14 people last year, says Ellen Davis, executive director of the National Retail Federation Foundation.
Store clerks aren’t the only needed holiday hands. The Hay Group survey found that 12 percent of retailers also plan to add more staff in the distribution centers.
“The centers are usually located near highways at the edge of cities,” explains Craig Rowley, Hay Group vice president. “Workers load and unload trucks with merchandise going to the store.”
Online retailers also have distribution centers or warehouses, but the Hay Group survey concentrated on physical stores, he adds.
Pay for clerks varies by market area, but “starts at minimum wage,” says Rowley. For distribution centers, pay is likely to be slightly higher, Rowley notes. He recommends that applicants start looking for positions as soon as possible.
“Connecting with a store’s human resources department, or the store manager directly, would be a jobseeker’s best bet,” says Davis. “Most retailers have candidates complete a job application first, then retailers may have candidates complete a phone survey or move straight to an in-person interview.”
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