As online orders are becoming increasingly popular, major retailers are in need of more seasonal assistance for the holidays. With Staffing Hiring Trends up 25 percent from last year, there is a large opportunity for agencies to reap the benefits of the holiday season.
One such company, Amazon, is slated to hire upwards of 100,000 seasonal employees this year, up 25 percent from the 80,000 seasonal positions that were added last year, according to Staffing Industry Analysts. While they already have 90,000 full-time employees within their 50 fulfillment centers in the United States, the demand has increased this year. In the best scenarios, these temporary workers convert to full-time employees.
“Following last year’s holiday season, tens of thousands of seasonal employees found regular, full-time roles with Amazon. We’re excited to grow our team by finding great talent through our seasonal hiring efforts in addition to creating new full-time jobs that offer comprehensive benefits starting day one,” said Mike Roth, VP of North America operations.
Other companies who are hiring workers to prepare for the onslaught of business include UPS (90,000-95,000); Wal-Mart (60,000); Macy’s (85,000); and Sports Authority (3,500), as indicated by the same article.
However, few very companies seemed to have hired too many seasonal temps last year. For example, Toys ‘R’ Us plans on hiring 5,000 less total from last year to accommodate their intended holiday rush.
This immediate need for temporary employees is likely to swamp the staffing industry. Ensuring your agency is equipped with adequate staff and resources to place these candidates will prove beneficial to your agency. At World Wide Specialty Programs, we specialize in providing staffing industry insurance solutions. Our comprehensive packages strive to protect each facet of your operation and your employees. For more information, contact us today at (877) 256-0468.