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.”