Tech & Finance Recruiting

By Ringside Talent

November 8, 2016

CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 U.S. Job Forecast expects seasonal and permanent workers to take home bigger paychecks in the fourth quarter as the push for better wages and the increased competition for skilled labor remain hot issues for employers. Seasonal and permanent employment to hold steady in Q4.

Overall Seasonal Hiring in Q4 2016

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  • Customer Service – 37 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical Support –19 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 16 percent
  • Inventory Management – 16 percent
  • Shipping and Delivery – 16 percent
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  • Technology – 15 percent
  • Marketing – 13 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 13 percent
  • Hosting/Greeting – 13 percent
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Seasonal workers in Q4:

  • 62 percent of employers expect to hire some of their seasonal staff for full-time positions
    • Up from 57 percent in 2015 and 42 percent in 2014
  • 47 percent of employers expect to increase pay
    • 75 percent will pay $10 or more per hour, up from 72 percent last year
    • 3 in 10 (28 percent) expect to pay $16 or more per hour, up from 19 percent last year.


Seasonal hiring among retailers

  • Expected to dip compared to 2015, but will still be sizeable and yield better pay
  • 49 percent plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4, 4 percentage points shy of last year (53 percent)
    • 53 percent will pay $10 or more per hour – up from 43 percent in 2015.


Full-time, permanent employees in Q4:

Sixty-eight percent of employers plan to increase salaries for these workers in Q4, and 28 percent anticipate an average pay increase of 5 percent or more.

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Full-time, Permanent Hiring in Q3 2016

  • 38 percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3.
  • 10 percent decreased headcount.
  • 50 percent made no change and 1 percent was unsure.
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Full-time, Permanent Hiring in Q4 2016

  • 34 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in Q4.
  • 9 percent expect to reduce staff.
  • 53 percent anticipate no change and 4 percent are unsure
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Permanent and Seasonal Hiring By Region


Permanent Hiring Q4 2015

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Seasonal Hiring Q4 2016


*Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding and the ability to choose more than one response.

View the full report here.

Source: CareerBuilder compiled by Jennifer Grasz