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Workers to be paid more this holiday season

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to Career Builder's annual Seasonal Hiring Forecast, seasonal hiring has remained relatively consistent with 2010 numbers, while pay is up and companies are recruiting deeper into the holiday season.

The poll, which gauged responses from more than 2,600 employers, found that 29 percent of retailers plan to hire for the holidays – a "moderate" decline from last year.

"Employers are keeping the status quo for holiday hiring as economic uncertainties shake consumer confidence," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of Career Builder.

Furthermore, 53 percent of employers stated that they'll be paying workers $10 or more per hour, up from 48 percent the year before, while 14 percent said they'll pay $16 or more – a 5 percent increase from last year.

"Hiring managers continually tell us that they will transition some seasonal workers into permanent employees," Ferguson added. And while applying early for these jobs is usually preferred, 33 percent of employers reported that they're still hiring in November, while 11 percent said they'll likely be recruiting temporary workers into December. Also, 30 percent noted that they plan to create full-time positions for some seasonal helpers.

Job board Simply Hired revealed that openings for one position – retail salesperson – were up 86.1 percent in October from September, the Associated Press reports.  

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