The pace of hiring, which often cools along with temperatures in the fourth quarter, won’t slow to the extent it sometimes has in previous years, according to a report released today by CareerBuilder.
Just under one third of employers–29%, precisely–plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the fourth quarter. While that’s a slight dip from the 34% of employers that added to their ranks during the third quarter, it’s up from the 25% who were hiring at this time last year.
Nine percent of employers plan to reduce staff, roughly the same as this time last year, while more than half anticipate no change.
“The jobs outlook for Q4 is now more in line with pre-recession forecasts as employers cast a greater vote of confidence in both permanent and seasonal hiring,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, in a statement. “What’s also encouraging is that recruitment plans for small businesses with more than 50 employees are keeping pace with larger organizations.”
The report offers seasonal workers a healthy dose of autumnal sunshine. As the holiday season approaches, 26% of employers across all industries plan to add temporary workers. Even better? Forty-two percent of companies hiring those workers expect to offer some seasonal employees full-time permanent employment. Forty-three percent of retailers–the leading industry for seasonal employment–plan to hire seasonal workers, up slightly from 39% last year.
The bulk of available seasonal positions will be in customer service, those administrative and clerical positions, shipping and delivery, and accounting and finance jobs will also be available, as well as inventory management, IT, non-retail sales, and gift wrapping jobs. Marketing, hosting and greeting, and public relations positions will also be available for seasonal employees in the fourth quarter.
Seasonal workers will also bring home better wages than last year, according to 27% of employers. More than sixty-three percent of seasonal employers will pay at least $10 per hour, and nearly 20% will pay at least $16 per hour.
The greatest number of opportunities for those seeking full-time, permanent employment in quarter four will be found in the South, while seasonal employees will want to head West. The Midwest lags other geographies, though roughly a quarter of employers plan to hire permanent and seasonal workers.
And while the smallest companies–those with 50 employees or fewer–continue to be the most timid where hiring is concerned, small business with more than 50 employees anticipate roughly keeping pace with their larger competitors with staff of 500 or more.
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