Employers May Offer Full-Time Positions to Seasonal Workers

October 20, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A new survey from CareerBuilder finds 40% of employers who are hiring seasonal workers in the fourth quarter this year said they will likely transition some into full-time, permanent employees, up from 31% in 2009.

The top five areas for which employers are recruiting holiday help include retail (33%), customer service (31%), administrative/clerical support (17%) shipping and delivery (12%), and hospitality (10%).   

According to a press release, when asked how workers can turn a seasonal position into a full-time, permanent role, employers shared the following:  

  • Provide great customer service by offering help instead of waiting to be asked for it – 31%; 
  • Let the hiring manager know up front that they’d like full-time employment – 28%; 
  • Proactively ask for more projects and responsibilities – 23%; 
  • Present ideas on how to incorporate something new or do something better – 20%; and 
  • Ask thoughtful questions about the organization – 15%. 

The survey also found employers reported they will also be hiring seasonal employees for inventory management, accounting/finance, non-retail sales, marketing, technology, and public relations. 

As for pay, nearly half (48%) of hiring managers expect to pay $10 or more per hour and 9% expect to pay $16 or more per hour. Thirty-two percent of hiring managers plan to pay between $8 and $9 per hour and 19% expect to pay between $6 and $7. While some hiring managers (13%) reported they plan to increase pay for seasonal workers compared to the same period last year, 14% are planning a decrease.   

The survey was conducted among more than 2,400 employers between August 17 and September 2, 2010.