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RECRUITMENT / NOV. 17, 2014
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The Mind-Blowing Scale of Holiday Hiring


It takes a special type of person to engage in Seasonal work. Usually these individuals are of a slightly peppered background and might even have a bit of a hard time holding a normal job. Yes, the mall Santa near you might be an Ex-con but worry not because the scale of Christmas is a lot larger than you thought. The infographic by Adecco above is testament to this!

A “Little” Forward Thinking 

Even though for the most part the holiday season is the time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas but most big box stores start thinking about their holiday season staffing needs in the summer. So kick back relax by the pool and rest assured there are people out there working on taking your money in the most painless, efficient way possible.

A Little Christmas Team Increase

One of America’s biggest department stores, Macy’s increased their staff by 47% in 2013, with 300,000 people being hired during the holiday season. That’s almost half a million people that have to deal with the indignation of wearing a Santa hat while working during the holiday season.

Through Snow, Sleet, Rain or Shine

The three largest package carriers in the United States UPS, FEDEX and USPS send a total of 827 million packages during the holiday season. With 150,000 people hired to deal with the holiday influx. That’s a lot of grandma-made scarfs and giant tins of popcorn.

Spending All The Way

The average American spends a whopping 720 dollars on gifts, food and decorations. This is six times the amount spent on Mother’s Day. Now there’s a mom’s guilt trip just waiting to happen.

Happy Holiday Revenue

20% of annual sales are created during the holiday season. Although that doesn’t seem significant if you put it into context and expertly reword it: a fifth of all the year’s sales (49 weeks’ worth) are made in a three week period.  

It’s Not Only About The Money

Satisfied customers are return customers, so the increase in holiday staff actually facilitates the smooth operation of services so they don’t buckle under the stress and increase of work.    

So remember next time you go gift shopping to thank the people that make your experience as painless as possible, the astounding, brilliant and smiling holiday hires. Have you or someone you know ever held a holiday temp job? We would like to hear from you in the comments section below!

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