Winning the Holiday Work Season

The busiest time of the year for the contingent workforce is during the holiday season. How will you make the most of it?

Published on October 13, 2017

As the holiday season approaches, so does the need for seasonal workers. This is the best time of the year to get into the gig economy if you are looking to put a little extra cash in your pocket. Businesses across multiple industries will be constantly looking for work during the holiday season. According to Challenger, Gray, & Christmas Inc., since 2012, announcements for seasonal hiring have averaged 604,000 workers needed per year.

Industries that hire seasonally

If you are looking for a job this holiday season there are plenty of industries that will be looking to ramp up their part-time employment. In the retail industry, you will find jobs stocking shelves, working the sales floor, or tracking inventory. With retailers hiring 738,000 seasonal workers last year, you will have no problem finding a store you feel most comfortable in, and you may find yourself lucky enough to get an employee discount to use towards your holiday shopping!

Another industry that often hires seasonally is the restaurant industry. Foot traffic increases around shopping malls and plazas during the holiday season, so restaurants will be looking to hire a few extra workers for a short period of time to match the holiday traffic. Expect to be a food runner, host/hostess, or dishwasher unless you have skills or prior experience in restaurants.

The logistics industry is arguably the biggest player in seasonal hiring economy, with UPS expecting to hire 95,000 workers, as well as FedEx hiring 50,000 workers during the holiday season. Upon being hired, you will be able to choose whether you want to work in the warehouse or be out in the field, delivering packages from door-to-door.

Getting paid

One of the best benefits of joining the seasonal workforce is that since the demand is so high, so is the pay. In 2015 the average pay for holiday employees was $15.37/hr. This provides an awesome opportunity to make some cash to spend or save. Amidst the holiday rush, it is easy to get swept away in all the deals and spend your entire paycheck in an afternoon. If you are looking to save more than spend we recently published a post on three apps that will help you save money.

Hiring seasonal workers

If you are a business thinking about hiring seasonal workers during the holidays, it is important to be ahead of the curve when hiring. We live in an age where a job posting is rarely seen on something other than your phone or computer. Therefore, when posting a seasonal opportunity, take to social media outlets to advertise your opening. You can also directly post your job opportunity straight to tilr and will get matched to our Community Members in little to no time.

There has also been a spike in work-from-home or remote seasonal positions available, most notably spearheaded by Williams Sonoma by employing customer service and sales specialists to handle the holiday rush. If applicable, don’t be afraid to test out a position that could be executed from your employee’s home.

This holiday season puts the spotlight on the contingent workforce and how beneficial they are to the American economy during the busiest time of the year. While it can be intimidating to jump straight in, tilr makes it easier. If you are looking for seasonal work click here. If you are on the other side of the equation and are wanting to find seasonal employees for your business, click here or email us at