Amid a tough job scenario, an average of one in five American employers are planning to hire seasonal workers to meet holiday demands, a report has found.
According to a survey by job portal CareerBuilder, about 18 per cent of hiring managers plan to hire seasonal workers to meet business needs on holidays.
At the same time, competition for holiday work is heating up as unemployed workers who are hoping to get a job would be competing with employed workers who are scouting for part-time work to make ends meet.
In addition, the report 'Seasonal Hiring 2009' revealed that 12 per cent employed workers plan to take up seasonal jobs.
"Competition for seasonal positions will be intense as the job market is flooded with qualified candidates vying for a smaller number of open positions," CareerBuilder North America President Brent Rasmussen said.
The most popular positions identified for seasonal recruitment are in sectors such as customer service, retail sales, administrative/clerical, hospitality, shipping/delivery, inventory, technology and accounting/finance.
Of those hiring seasonal employees in the fourth quarter, about 41 per cent would hire 1-10 employees, 17 per cent would hire 11-20 employees, 17 per cent would hire 21-50 and only 25 per cent would hire more than 50 people.