It’s that time of year again – the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the need for seasonal workers to help with the increased demand. However, this year may be a bit more difficult for employers looking to hire temporary staff, as new data shows that job postings for the holiday season are up significantly compared to previous years, but the number of job seekers searching for seasonal work is lagging behind.
According to a report released by Indeed, holiday job postings for this winter are up 28% compared to last year, and up 40% from 2019 levels. Meanwhile, the number of job seekers searching for seasonal work has increased by 25% compared to last year but is still below pre-pandemic levels. This means that finding workers for the holiday season may be a challenge for some employers.
Indeed, senior economist, Brendon Bernard noted that this trend is similar to the rest of the job market, with employers finding it difficult to fill roles across various sectors. Employers may need to adjust wages or offer scheduling flexibility in order to attract hires, he said.
Holiday recruitment typically starts in September, but this year, holiday job postings ramped up earlier than usual. The increase in job postings is a strong return after two years of dampened hiring activity due to the pandemic, and it’s likely that employers are preparing for an expected increase in foot traffic during the holiday season.
Around half of this year’s seasonal job postings are in the retail industry, specifically for customer-facing positions such as sales associates and customer service representatives. Retail Council of Canada spokesperson Michelle Wasylyshen pointed out that the shortage of temporary workers is an ongoing issue in the retail industry, and with major shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, retailers are concerned about being able to meet staffing demands. Stores that are unable to hire enough workers may have to reduce hours or take other measures to compensate.
Overall, it looks like the holiday season will bring a pickup in hiring, but finding workers may be a challenge for some employers. Adjusting wages and offering scheduling flexibility may be necessary in order to attract hires, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the retail industry, where the majority of seasonal jobs are concentrated.
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