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Year-end hiring increases in 4th quarter

  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Oct. 01, 2016 - 7:13 AM

As the year winds down and many companies shut down for the season, hiring picks up at other companies, according to research from staffing firm OfficeTeam.  

The data includes responses from more than 300 human resource managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. It asked them whether their company generally increases or decreases hiring in the fourth quarter of the year.  

More than 26 percent said hiring typically increases in the fourth quarter. Of those, 69 percent bring on staff at the year’s end to fill vacated positions, 62 percent addressed seasonal upticks in business, and 51 percent added new positions.    

"Holiday festivities and vacations may often be top of mind at the end of the year, but that doesn't mean businesses slow down," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam in a press release. "Many companies ramp up hiring in the fourth quarter, offering seasonal jobs or adding staff to prepare for upcoming projects in the new year.

"It can be advantageous for professionals to continue their job search efforts during these months, especially since other candidates may be taking a hiatus," added Britton.

Mack Clark, manager of the Georgia Department of Labor Newnan Career Center, said the increase in fourth quarter hiring is mainly due to retail stores bringing on seasonal employees to meet the demands of the holidays.  

“This will also cause the distribution centers that supply the retail stores to have an increase in hiring as well to be able to meet this demand,” Clark said in an email response. “Most of the positions are seasonal, although many employers will keep some of the workers that are doing a great job long-term.”

This proves to be true for Target, who is expecting to hire an additional 70,000 seasonal team members across its stores and an additional 7,500 team members, which is about 1,000 more than last year according to its website.

“As online orders ramp up for the must-have products for the season, distribution and fulfillment center team members will help to replenish the stores while fulfilling the mega-high volume of online orders we’re expecting during the busiest season of the year,” according to Target’s website.

Clark said he didn’t know of any local companies that layoff specifically for the fourth quarter. Some manufacturers may close for a week during Thanksgiving and then again for two weeks during Christmas and New Year, but the employees return after the short break.