Snagajob, the employment web site that specializes in hourly jobs, says in an annual outlook released Monday that this summer’s seasonal hiring is expected to be “at levels similiar to last year and much improved from the recession.”
“What’s more, hiring is expected to occur earlier in the season and teens will largely compete against themselves for jobs, with fewer experienced workers looking for summer employment,” Snagajob says in its report.
Findings from the fifth annual survey of 1,000 hourly hiring managers, with responsibility for summer hiring:
Hiring levels: “Three in 10 hiring managers expect to hire the same as last year. Similar to last year, one in 10 hiring managers expects to hire more staff.” Sixteen percent of hiring managers will hire fewer workers. About 45 percent of hiring managers don’t intend to make any hires, “consistent with last year’s findings.” In the 2008 survey during the recession, 49 percent of hiring managers expected to not make any summer hires.
Hiring schedule: 13 percent of hiring managers said they filled their positions in February, and 11 percent will complete hiring this month. Twenty three percent expected to finish hiring in April. “All told, 79 percent of summer hiring will be complete by the end of May,” Snagajob said.
Competition for jobs: Snagajob said its previous four annual surveys showed a drop in the number of hiring managers who felt other teens would a teenager’s greatest competition for summer work.
Those surveys showed the greatest competition would come from workers who entered the workforce due to “economic pressure and a tough economy.”
In this year’s survey, 57 percent of hiring managers believe high school or college students offer the greatest competition for summer jobs, up 6 points.
Twenty nine percent of hiring managers felt it would be “easy” for teenagers to find summer jobs this year,up 9 points over the last two years.
Wages still flat: iring managers with plans to hire said they expected to pay an average $10.90 per hour, statistically unchanged from last year.
Hawaiian Falls is holding job fairs in the next few weeks for the summer season. The company says it plans to hire more than 1,000 seasonal workers for its five Texas parks, in The Colony, Roanoke, Mansfield, North Garland, and Waco.
Candidates must be 15 or older. Job fairs:
North Garland, March 6, 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.; March 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Firewheel Church, 1600 W. Campbell.
The Colony, March 8, 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.; March 10, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Horizons Church, 6600 Paige Road.
Mansfield, March 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; March 12, 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Crossroads Church, 6450 State Highway 360.
Roanoke, March 3, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; March 8, 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Roanoke Recreation Center, 501 Roanoke Road.
Waco, March 20, 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.; March 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Parkview Baptist Church, 1100 E. Lake Shore Drive.
Bring completed applications to the fair. Be prepared for a brief tour and on-the-spot interview. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jobs available: camp program director, camp counselor, emergency medical technician, lifeguards, ride attendants and dispatchers, cash control, disc jockeys, dance and crowd motivators, front gate, food and beverage, park services, retail and rentals.
More info: http://hfalls.com/waterpark/employment.php
NRH20 says it’s hiring for the summer. The North Richland Hills water park is hiring 350-375 people for the summer, about the same as it did last year, says Stephanie Hee, the park’s marketing specialist.
The park is hiring for all positions, including aquatics, park services, food and beverage, group sales, cash office, maintenance, front gate and admissions and party hosts.
Applicants must be at least 15, and some positions have a minimum age requirement of 16. Pay starts at $7.25 per hour. For job descriptions and to apply online, please visit www.nrh2o.com/jobs.
Six Flags Over Texas is still filling interview slots for its 2012 job fairs, Jan. 14-16 and Jan. 21-22. Interviews are by appointment only and can be set up after applying online at www.sixflagsjobs.com.
The park is hiring 700 seasonal workers to add to its existing staff.
Jobs include guest services, food service, games, retail, ride operations, park services, security, entertainment, and revenue control.
The park employed 3,550 seasonal employees during the 2011 season.
Info: Six Flags Human Resources office at 817-640-8900, ext. 4200. Six Flags Over Texas will open for the 2012 season on March 3.
Six Flags Over Texas is having its 2012 season job fair, Jan. 14-16 and Jan. 21-22, to fill about 700 positions.
Interviews are by appointment only and can be set up after applying online at www.sixflagsjobs.com.
Open jobs include guest services, food service, games, retail, ride operations, park services, security, entertainment, and revenue control.
"Last year a record number of people, more than 2,800, were interviewed during the job fair," Six Flags said.'
The park employed 3,550 seasonal employees during the 2011 season, Six Flags said.
Information: Six Flags Human Resources, 817-640-8900, ext. 4200. Six Flags will open for the season March 3.
Pier 1 Imports expects to hire more seasonal people per store this holiday season than it did last year, says Greg Humenesky, the company’s executive vice president of human resources.
“We typically hire about 10-15 seasonal associates per store throughout the duration of the holiday season” at the company’s 1,100 locations, Humenesky said in an interview. .
“We will certainily exceed the numbers that we brought in last year, based upon our desired service levels we’re trying to achieve in each of the stores,” he said.
The company started hiring seasonal help in September. “We’ll continue hiring through the early part of December,” he said.
Seasonal help can typically work parttime three days per week, generally through January, he said.
Kohl’s Department Stores reports today that it expects to hire the same number of holiday workers per store that it did last year, while total holiday hiring will rise about 5 percent to more than 40,000 on an increase in the number of stores.
“Consistent with 2010 hiring levels, Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average 35 associates per store” at its 1,127 stores in 49 states, the company said.
The company said it also expects to hire about 2,500 seasonal workers at its distribution centers and more than 500 seasonal and fulltime people in credit operations.
Kohl’s said it added “thousands of jobs” this fall with the openings of 30 new stores.
Seasonal associates can work between a few hours to more than 20 hours per week, the company said.
Typical jobs in the stores include unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking, and cash register duties.
At the stores, “hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November,” Kohl’s said.
Hiring at the distribution centers began in August. For more info, please visit the Kohl's web site.
This, from The Associated Press today:
This, from The Associated Press today:
Best Buy Co. will hire about half as many seasonal staff as last year and increase the hours its regular staffers work as part of its plans for the crucial upcoming holiday season.
The largest U.S. electronics retailer also plans to expand services like free tech support and a longer window for product returns during the holidays. It will also promote under-$100 deals to coax shoppers into its stores.
"The consumer continues to be cautious," CEO Brian Dunn said in an interview at the company’s New York Union Square store. "That’s not just a blip, that’s the new normal."
Best Buy, based in Minneapolis, earlier this month reported its second-quarter net income fell 30 percent and revenue was nearly flat at $11.35 billion, falling short of analysts’ expectations, as the company continues to battle for market share with online retailers and discount stores.
Best Buy has beefed up its online presence and worked to reduce its square footage by 10 percent over the next three to five years. It has also promoted services like tech support and customer service to differentiate itself from other retailers.
For the holidays the company said it will hire 15,000 workers, 48 percent less than the 29,000 it hired last year. The total number of hours that employees work will remain the same, because regular staffers, trained in customer service, will work more hours. Dunn said that the aim is to have more "experienced and seasoned" workers on hand during the busiest time of year.
Other holiday plans include promoting new smartphones and tablets that are due out this fall, including the iPhone 5, which is expected to be announced next week.
One question mark is whether Best Buy will carry the new $250 tablet computer that Amazon.com will likely unveil on Wednesday.
Best Buy carries Amazon.com’s Kindle reader, but Dunn declined to say if Best Buy would carry the tablet, rumored to be called Kindle Fire, since Amazon hasn’t announced distribution plans yet.
Other holiday moves: Best Buy plans to promote more items under $100 and spend more advertising online and on mobile devices, while TV advertising spending will be flat. The company is also expanding its return policy, Geek Squad protection and technical advice services and same-day pickup.
Activity in Texas’ service sector increased in September, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reports today in its monthly Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey.
Texas’ service sector represents 59 percent of the state economy and employs nealry 7 million workers.
The revenue index – a key measure – rose to 14.1 from 3.2, and a third of respondents said revenue increased in September from August.
Positive readings in the survey generally indicate expansion of service sector activity, while readings below zero generally indicate contraction.
“Labor market indicators remained positive and reflected some hiring, but little change in the workweek,” the Dallas Fed Bank said. “Perceptions of general business conditions were generally more pessimistic this month, although the pace of deterioration slowed.”
In the Texas Retail Outlook Survey component of the survey, which uses information from respondents in the retail and wholesale sectors, retail sales increased in September, according to respondents who answered the retail portion of the survey.
The volatile sales index rose to 18.6 from 9.2, for two straight months of sales increases. Inventories rose.
“Indexes of future retail sector activity remained in positive territory in September with the exception of part-time employment and workweeks,” the Dallas Fed Bank said.