If you’re looking for work to help get your family through the holidays, you may be in luck.
A recent survey of major retailers by management consulting firm Hay Group shows that 75% of them are expecting to see sales increase for the 2012 holiday shopping season, and that optimism is translating to an increase in the number of seasonal jobs available. Hay Group also found that 36% of the retailers they surveyed expect to hire more workers for Christmas 2012, up from just 10% the year before, while the number of applicants for those jobs is expected to remain steady. That’s excellent news for holiday job seekers whose chances of landing a seasonal job will be better than last year.
“Retailers are betting big on the 2012 holiday season,” says Craig Rowley, vice president for Hay Group. “After four years of economic turbulence, they have figured out how to operate in an uncertain business environment, and are calm and cool, rather than concerned, as they head into the holidays.”
About.com’s Barbara Farfan is keeping a running list of hiring plans for major retailers like Macy’s, Kohl’s and Best Buy. Seasonal holiday workers should expect to be working on Black Friday rather than shopping it, but given the current state of the U.S. economy, we’re happy to pass the info along.
- Macy’s – apply online
- Kohl’s – apply online
- Toys R Us – apply online
- JC Penney – apply online
- Party City – apply online (Bonus: They’re also hiring for Halloween.)
- Best Buy – apply online
On a sidenote, Hay Group’s report also noted that 42% of surveyed retailers plan to begin rolling out their holiday ad campaigns in October, well ahead of Black Friday. It remains to be seen if the early ad blitz will also result in earlier Black Friday ad leaks, but we’re excited about the possibility!
Which side of the cash register will you be on for Black Friday 2012? Let us know in the comments!
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About Rebecca Lehmann
As a data analyst and sometimes blog author, Rebecca helps the team keep an eye on Black Friday news and trends. Her favorite Black Friday purchase was a quilted down-filled winter coat.
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