Holiday help is in high demand this year. It’s expected to be a busy shopping season and companies are looking for more seasonal employees to help with this particularly busy time. NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay says they estimate retailers will hire 650,000 seasonal workers for the holidays this year, up more than 10% from 2017.
This is great news for anyone looking to work a seasonal job! With higher demand, workers can expect to find higher pay, more flexibility in hours, and better benefits. What are some other reasons you should consider taking a seasonal job this year?
One reason many take on extra work during the holidays is to earn more money. Whether to fund gifts, get bills paid, or put into savings, it’s always nice to have some extra cash in your pocket. This year in particular workers should take advantage of the higher pay that should be available. An annual survey from online hourly-work platform, Snag, found that the average hourly wages that companies expect to pay seasonal workers jumped by 32 percent this year, rising from $11.70 in 2017 to $15.40. Amazon also recently announced it will pay hourly workers a minimum of $15 an hour, which will most likely prompt other companies to raise pay to stay competitive.
On top of earning a higher hourly wage, companies are offering other benefits for their seasonal staff to take advantage of. This includes things like flexible hours, bonuses, and special discounts for employees.
Variety of Verticals
When thinking of the types of companies that need seasonal help, many minds go straight to retail. But there are more opportunities outside of the retail environment. Due to the prevalence of online shopping, there will be increased needs in warehouses and fulfillment centers. Logistics will be another area where extra help will be necessary…someone needs to deliver all of those packages! UPS alone announced they plan on hiring near 100,000 employees for the holiday season.
Learn New Skills
Taking different types of jobs offers you the opportunity to learn new skills to add to your resume. By working a job that you may not be as familiar with, you’ll give yourself a chance to excel in a new area and may even present the chance to take on more responsibility in current roles.
Leads to Full-Time Position
You can use the opportunity presented by a part-time seasonal job to get a foot in the door at a company. If you work hard and make a good impression, this could make a connection that could leads to a longer-term position in the future.
Wondering where to go to start looking for these jobs? Use JobStack to help you find seasonal positions that fit your schedule this year!