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Who’s Hiring for the Holidays? Companies Hiring 2014 Seasonal Employees

Who’s Hiring for the Holidays? Companies Hiring 2014 Seasonal Employees

Don’t limit yourself to the big brands when it comes to seasonal employment. Smaller retailers and shops gain holiday momentum, too.

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 30, 2014

The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, estimates that the holiday shopping season accounts for about 20 percent of the industry’s annual sales.

As a result, it’s clear why retailers want to ensure they’re properly staffed to handle the holiday shoppers.

This year, retailers are expected to hire more than 800,000 seasonal employees nationwide – the largest seasonal hiring project since 1999, according to consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas in a recent press release regarding 2014’s holiday hiring forecast.

“We could see retailers add more than 800,000 seasonal workers for the first time since 1999. The UPS hiring plans, which, technically, would not be counted among retail employment gains, certainly represent a strong indication of holiday spending expectations. That announcement alone could cause some retailers to reassess their hiring projections and add more workers than they originally intended,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

According to the firm’s report, holiday hiring has continued to improve annually since 2008, which was one of the worst holiday hiring years on record. Last year, for example, 786,200 workers were added for the 2013 holiday season.

“The last two years saw holiday hiring return to pre-recession levels. This year, we could see hiring return to levels not seen since the height of the boom. Holiday spending will undoubtedly benefit from the fact that payrolls are increasing by an average of 215,000 new workers per month, so far this year. That translates into more people with jobs, which means more holiday spending money,” said Challenger.

Now is the time to apply, since many companies have a deadline for accepting seasonal applications and the bulk of hiring takes place throughout October, though will continue through January.

Make sure to prioritize your applications – the sooner, the better! Also, don’t limit yourself to the big brands when it comes to seasonal employment. Smaller retailers and shops gain holiday momentum, too.

Challenger advised, “Job seekers hoping to take advantage of seasonal hiring should be prepared to look beyond the traditional retail store fronts. Some of the best opportunities could be in the backroom, handling incoming and outgoing shipments. Job seekers should also look for positions at warehouses and shipping facilities associated with retailers and/or transportation companies.”

To jump start your seasonal search, the following companies are amongst the many that are hiring holiday helpers nationwide:

Estimated seasonal hires: 50,000

People ship more packages during the holiday season, which is why FedEx prepares with around 50,000 seasonal positions, according to U.S. News. That’s more than doubling FedEx’s seasonal hires projection last year of 20,000.

Employees can expect to earn a minimum of $10 per hour this season, which is sure to help with any extra holiday spending.

Get a seasonal job at FedEx.

Estimated seasonal hires: 25,000

The Texas-based company has around 25,000 seasonal job openings, rising from last year’s 17,000, according to a special report on 24/ The video game retailer considers the holiday season a crucial time for sales, as the revenue driven from the holiday season in the past two years alone accounted for more than 40% of the company’s sales.

Get a seasonal job at GameStop.

Estimated seasonal hires: 35,000

The Texas-based chain plans to hire at least 35,000 seasonal employees for the holidays, which is the same projection as last year’s seasonal hires.

Get a seasonal job at JCPenney.

Kmart & Sears
Estimated seasonal hires: Undisclosed

The retailers owned by Sears Holdings Corporation plan to hire an undisclosed amount of seasonal employees in various positions, such as cashiers, stock and replenishment and to work within the member services department.

Get a seasonal job at Kmart or Sears.

Estimated seasonal hires: 67,000

The Wisconsin-based company estimates that it will employ about 67,000 seasonal employees, which is roughly 50 seasonal associates at each of its stores – an overall 25 percent increase from last year’s seasonal hiring, according to AOL Jobs.

Additionally, around 9,300 seasonal employee positions will be available in Kohl’s distribution centers and 670 seasonal positions are available in credit operations.

Get a seasonal job at Kohl’s.

Estimated seasonal hires: 86,000

According to AOL Jobs, the retailer is expected to hire around 86,000 seasonal staffers, an increase of over 1000 percent from last year’s 7,000 hires. 10,000 workers (out of the total 86,000) will be based in one of the company’s eight distribution centers across the nation.

Get a seasonal job at Macy’s.

Estimated seasonal hires: 70,000

AOL Jobs reports that the retailer plans to match last year’s seasonal hiring number – around 70,000 – throughout its 1,916 stores nationwide.

Get a seasonal job at Target.

Estimated seasonal hires: 45,000

The toy retailer, Toys “R” Us, Inc. released a statement saying that 20 percent of last year’s seasonal hires have remained on their team through 2014. Additionally, this year’s hiring is expected to double the size of the company’s workforce.

Toys“R”Us stores began hiring at the end of September and new hires can begin working in early October. However, it’s not too late to apply for a position!

The company plans to continue to build its holiday staff throughout the season through Christmas. The company also has employment opportunities available in its distribution centers nationwide, which will continue hiring seasonal employees through November.

Get a seasonal job at Toys“R”Us.

Estimated seasonal hires: 90,000-95,000

After an underestimating the delivery surge for the 2013 holiday shipping season, the company was forced to hire 30,000 additional seasonal workers (on top of the originally planned 55,000) to help handle the holiday rush, causing costs to drive up and reductions in earning. This year, UPS aims to be prepared.

In addition to employing nearly 350,000 workers in the United States, the United Parcel Service has seasonal hiring plans to just about double their holiday workforce by hiring around 95,000 seasonal employees, according to CNN.

Get a seasonal job at UPS.

Estimated seasonal hires: 60,000

The chain reports a plan to hire 60,000 seasonal workers – nearly a ten percent increase from last year.

Additionally, Walmart plans to increase current workers’ hours upon request, a decision made after the company received criticism from labor groups claiming it was keeping workers from increasing their hours, according to CBS News. The giant retailer also plans to elevate current employees’ statuses: around one quarter of their temporary workers to part-time.

Get a seasonal job at Walmart.

Need tips on securing seasonal employment? Check out this guide to getting a job this holiday season.

Estimated seasonal hires: 80,000

In hopes to improve shipping efficiency for the upcoming holiday season, Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers. That’s a 14 percent increase from last year’s seasonal hiring plan, due to the fact that Amazon has opened additional distribution centers over the past year.

Additionally, thousands of the seasonal jobs are expected to become permanent positions within the company.

Get a seasonal job at Amazon.

Need tips on securing seasonal employment? Check out this guide to getting a job this holiday season.

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