The outlook for seasonal hiring in the fourth quarter of 2009 is projected to be similar to 2008, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. Eighteen percent of hiring managers plan to hire seasonal workers to meet business needs associated with the holidays and end-of-the-year wrap-ups, on par with 17% in 2008. At the same time, competition for holiday work is heating up. In addition to unemployed workers pursuing seasonal employment, 12% of employed workers plan to take on a seasonal job to help make ends meet. Consumer Spending logo

Popular Seasonal Positions

Seasonal positions may prove to be the break job seekers are looking for as three-in-ten (31%) hiring managers indicate they are likely to hire a seasonal worker for a full time position. The most popular positions identified for seasonal recruitment include customer service, retail sales, administrative/clerical, hospitality, shipping/delivery, inventory, technology and accounting/finance. Of those hiring seasonal employees in Q4 2009, 41% will hire 1 to 10 employees, 17% will hire 11 to 20, 17% will hire 21 to 50 and 25% will hire more than 50.

Seasonal Pay

While some hiring managers (12%) say they plan to increase pay for seasonal workers, 15% are planning a decrease. Forty-four percent of hiring managers expect to pay $10 or more per hour and 12% expect to pay $16 or more per hour. Thirty-four percent of hiring managers plan to pay between $8 and $10 per hour and 20% expect to pay between $6 and $8.

“Competition for seasonal positions will be intense as the job market is flooded with qualified candidates vying for a smaller number of open positions,” said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. “Employers tell us they are accepting the majority of their seasonal applications during October and November, meaning job seekers need to identify and apply for those opportunities now.”

“Seasonal Hiring 2009,” conducted by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder, October 21, 2009.  Website: www.careerbuilder.com.