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Carlsbad, CA (November 10, 2016) – Every year around this time, companies seek additional help to meet the holiday rush. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for the last three decades, November and December are almost always the two most active hiring months of the year. Expect 2016 to be no exception, says a new CareerCast report on holiday hiring.

The usual types of employers that get aggressive in hiring this time of year are doing so once more. That means retailers and delivery companies – or both, in the case of Amazon. The online retail giant announced plans to add 120,000 new employees for the 2016 holidays, reflecting both an uptick in consumer confidence in the past year, and the company’s increased emphasis on its own delivery services. Macy’s, Target, and UPS also anticipate robust additions to their staffing this year.

The most vacancies found for seasonal openings at CareerCast are in Retail (approximately 4,500 nationally). Not far behind are Customer Service jobs with over 3,000 listings, and Hospitality positions, with more than 2,500 openings. The second-most openings by category are jobs in Management. One may not associate a seasonal position with managerial duty, but an influx of new staff requires additional supervisors. These include Sales Manager positions, as well as Lodging Managers to help meet the demand with increased travel. In retail, First-Line Supervisors are needed for new entry-level staff.

“There are some seasonal job openings that you might not associate with this time of year,” says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. “As consumers spend more this time of year, the increase in revenue oftentimes requires additional support managing the books. Tax Preparer may not be the job one equates with the holidays, but it is a popular listing in the CareerCast database for employers seeking seasonal help.” 

The performers at shopping centers and holiday-themed attractions are paid staff. Santa Claus and his elves, carolers and other Performers can find part-time work this time of year.

Below are eight of the most in-demand seasonal jobs of 2016. Salary listings reflect BLS estimates for full-time positions.

Position

Median Annual Wage

Delivery Truck Driver

$27,750

First-Line Supervisor

$38,310

Lodging Manager

$49,720

Performer

$18.80 (hourly)

Recreational Worker

$23,320

Sales Manager

$113,860

Tax Preparer

$36,450

Warehouse Worker

$24,090

To see the full report, visit CareerCast.

About CareerCast.com

CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

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Editor’s Note: This material may be published with a link to http://www.careercast.com/career-news/demand-jobs-2016-holidays

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