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November 14, 2006
Survey: Employers Will Pay More to Seasonal Workers This Year

Twenty-four percent of hiring managers say they will pay higher hourly wages to seasonal hires than they did in 2005. Thirty-seven percent will be offering $10 or more per hour this year. These were among the findings of a "Holiday Jobs" survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of

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Seventy percent of the 1,150 hiring managers surveyed won't be changing their hourly pay rates for holiday jobs and just 6 percent say they will pay employees less than last year. A third (33 percent) plans to pay $8 to $9 per hour and 31 percent expects to pay $7 or less.

Twenty-three percent reported that they are recruiting for holiday jobs. Thirteen percent plan to add the same amount of seasonal employees as 2005 and 5 percent plan to hire more employees into holiday jobs than last year. identified the "hot spots" for jobs as: retail stores (in need of sales clerks and stockers); hotels and resorts (in need of clerks and ski instructors); restaurants (in need of servers); and delivery companies (in need of drivers and support staff to handle heavy holiday shipments). Other hot spots include companies with customer service staff who need to handle increased orders; and other offices that need temps to fill in for vacationing workers.

Meanwhile, hiring managers report that they aren't necessarily looking for workers who will depart once the holidays are over--86 percent treat seasonal employment like "an extended job interview" and say it's likely that they will offer permanent positions to at least some of these workers.

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