Retailers to Add 400,000 Jobs in Time for Christmas
Hiring surge in response to highest consumer spending rate in three years
All I want for Christmas this year... a job.
If this is on your list, you'll be pleased to know retailers will add as many as 400,000 seasonal jobs in anticipation of the highest consumer spending rate in three years this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.
NRF projects November and December sales to go up 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, marking the highest increase since 2011.
Major retailers Macy's, Walmart and Kohl's have all responded to the projection with increased hiring from last year, creating more than 200,000 jobs total in preparation for peak selling season. Gamestop has also increased its seasonal hires by 8,000 this year for a total 25,000 available positions while Walmart added only 5,000 jobs for a total 60,000 seasonal jobs available.
Many of the seasonal positions available are part-time and offer competitive hourly wages and flexible schedules.
To determine companies adding the most number of seasonal jobs this year, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed seasonal hiring announcements from America's largest retailers.
To apply for seasonal jobs at these major retailers, click on the company links in the table.
|Retailer||2014 Seasonal Hires||Seasonal Hire Difference||Total Employees||U.S. Stores|
|Toys 'R' Us||45,000||0||67,000||873|
You can also apply to work with these major retailers here.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer spending is projected to support stable job growth with retail being one of the top three industries.
In-demand job: Brand Ambassadors
A survey by consulting firm Hay Group reports that 18 percent of retailers are looking for seasonal staff who align with their brand culture. As companies look to reinvigorate their sales approach, they'll be looking to transition from sales associates to brand ambassadors.
Whether you're currently a sales associate or looking for a retail job, it will be crucial to look at these brand ambassador skills and requirements in order to become an asset at your company. These positions vary in annual salary from an average $63,000 to $73,000, according to PayScale.