Seasonal Employment Survey: Slightly Fewer Might Seek Seasonal Jobs This Year

Just before the holiday season each year, many Americans visit their favorite stores and other businesses seeking seasonal employment opportunities. This helps businesses get through their busy periods while also helping individuals make a little bit of extra cash for gifts and similar items. So how many people will seek seasonal employment this year compared with previous years?

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Job Seekers

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 9% of respondents said they have already begun looking or have found seasonal employment for this winter. Another 10% said that they definitely plan to. 16% said they might seek seasonal employment this year. And 65% said they don’t plan to.

In a November 2012 survey, the numbers were pretty similar. 8% said they had already looked for seasonal employment at this point in the year. 13% said they definitely planned to. 17% said they might. And 62% had no plans to seek seasonal employment last year.

Seasonal Employment

In general, 15% of respondents said they have held multiple seasonal jobs in the past. 21% said they have worked at one seasonal job. And 65% said they never have. The group of seasonal employees was pretty diverse, with fairly even splits among gender and age. Respondents with a household income of over $75,000 a year were 4% more likely to have held multiple seasonal jobs in the past, but were less likely to be interested in seasonal employment this year.

Employment Types

It’s not just retail jobs during the holiday season – there’s a large assortment of temporary jobs throughout the entire year. However, winter was the most popular time for people to have seasonal employment – 65% of those who have had seasonal jobs said they took place in the winter months. 44% said they’ve had seasonal jobs in the summer. 13% have had seasonal jobs in the fall. And 12% have had seasonal jobs in the spring.

So what types of jobs are the most popular? 48% of those who have held seasonal jobs said they worked in retail. 25% worked in food service. 13% did office or clerical work. 8% did construction or landscaping type jobs. And 28% had other types of jobs such as at amusement parks or summer camps.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: City Christmas Tree from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on November 11 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.