- Talent Management
While the average person may barely even be considering the holidays right now, for businesses that need to hire seasonal employees the time is now.
Amazon Holiday Hiring
This week Amazon announced its holiday hiring plans, and it appears they’re going to be ramping things up, which could indicate a strengthening retail season.
Being one of the world’s number one global e-Commerce retailers, Amazon often sets trends in a number of ways, one of which is holiday hiring.
The online retailer recently announced it would be hiring a whopping 100,000 people for the holidays, which represents a 25 percent increase from last year. Last year Amazon brought on 80,000 holiday-specific employees.
The Seattle-based company also just hired 25,000 people to fill full-time, year-round positions.
“It used to be that the bulk of holiday hires would be in customer-facing positions on the sales floor and behind the cash register, said CEO said John Challenger. “These extra workers would also help pick up the slack in the backroom, helping to receive and stock increased deliveries. Now, as more and more shopping is completed online, the holiday hiring is shifting away from stores and into the warehouses.”
The National Retail Federation released data showing their own predictions for holiday spending. Online sales and all holiday spending are anticipated to rise 3.7 percent this year, for a total of $630.5 billion. That would be less than the 4.1 percent increase seen last year, although NRF predicts online spending will jump to an 8 percent increase, as opposed to the 6 percent increase seen last year.
Other major retailers have announced their own holiday hiring plans. Wal-Mart says it will hire 60,000-holiday employees; Target says they’ll bring on 70,000 and Macy’s says there will be 85,000-holiday hires.
Many of the holiday hires for all of these companies are expected to be primarily utilized in the warehouses where online orders are fulfilled.
Beginning Your Holiday Hiring
The job search site Monster released an article reflecting their views of this year’s holiday hiring scramble, saying the potential for a strong buying season coupled with low unemployment could make this an interesting season that errs on the side of the employee.
Monster reports many labor experts are warning companies they could feel the squeeze when it comes time to fill holiday positions, and it could become a competition to source the talent they need.
Along with the challenges that come with a lowered unemployment rate, there’s also likely to be a slight rise in wages for seasonal employees. While some businesses may be reluctant to pay a high wage for someone that’s temporary, it’s advantageous. Many companies that do holiday hiring, including hospitality, retail, and restaurants, depend a great deal on their holiday season performance. You may find yourself paying a little more to get the best possible talent right now, but you’re also protecting yourself against risks like poor customer service that can not only ruin a holiday season but also stick with your company’s reputation well after December 25th has come and gone.
Filling Those Holiday Positions
The good news is that while it may be more challenging to fill seasonal positions this year than it was last year, if you get a head start you’re likely to be able to find and attract the talent you need.
Consider these holiday hiring tips:
Do you plan to hire holiday employees this year? If so, when will you start the hiring process and what methods will you use?