Report: Retail Hiring Demand Finishes 2011 Holiday Season up 40 Percent

New York — Jan. 11

Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, retailers placed more than 97,000 new online job ads for salespersons and sales managers, according to WANTED Analytics, a business intelligence firm.

Online ad volume for this sector increased 40 percent compared to the same time period in 2010, 32 percent vs. 2009, and 9 percent in comparison to 2008.

However, hiring is still below pre-recession demand, down 10 percent from the same time period in 2007, when more than 108,000 jobs were advertised during the same period. Jobs that were advertised as seasonal or temporary positions also increased 17 percent in comparison to the same time period in 2010.

The industries with the highest demand during this time period were clothing and clothing accessories stores, motor vehicle and parts dealers, electronics and appliance stores, health and personal care stores, and food and beverage stores, according to the WANTED report.

Combined, these five industries placed more than 70,000 job ads between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, accounting for about 72 percent of all hiring demand in the retail industry.

Metropolitan areas with the highest hiring demand for retail salespersons and supervisors of salespersons during this period were New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Employers and staffing firms within the retail sector in New York placed more than 5,000 new online job ads within the retail sector, the most of any city at a 20 percent year-over-year increase.

Recruiting conditions for sales-related professionals in the retail industry are likely to be moderately difficult, with about 16 potential candidates in the workforce for every open job. However, conditions will vary slightly by location, depending on local talent supply.

According to the hiring scale, recruiters representing the retail sector in Washington, D.C., are likely to experience difficult conditions when sourcing for these jobs. The talent pool in this area is smaller than average, meaning retailers are likely to compete heavily to recruit retail salespeople and managers for open positions.

In addition, recruiters and hiring managers in this industry in that area will see job ads listed online longer. The duration of a job listing in Washington, D.C., is 42 days, or six weeks, longer than the national average.

Source: WANTED Technologies Corp.