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Need a Job? Holiday Hiring Season Is Underway

Need a Job? Holiday Hiring Season Is Underway
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Businesses are planning to ramp up their hiring this fall to prepare for the busy holiday season, new research finds.

Thirty-three percent of all U.S. businesses expect to add seasonal workers over the next three months, up from 26 percent during the same time last year, according to a study from CareerBuilder.

Many of these part-time jobs could turn into full-time positions. Nearly 60 percent of the businesses bringing on added staff this holiday season expect to transition some of those workers into full-time, permanent roles — up from 42 percent last year.

It looks like retailers will be doing much of the hiring. More than half of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers over the next three months, up 9 percentage points from 2014.

Making sure they're full staffed for the holiday rush isn't the only reason many businesses are adding seasonal workers this year. The study shows that 30 percent of the businesses are bringing on more hands to help wrap up the year, while 31 percent want extra help in order to ramp up for 2016. [Please Hold: Hiring Process Gets Longer and Longer ]

Regardless of the industry, seasonal workers are needed for a variety of different positions. Nearly 46 percent of the businesses surveyed are looking for customer service employees, while 23 percent need administrative and clerical support. Other popular positions businesses are looking to fill on a part-time basis are inventory management, hosting and greeting, shipping and delivery, accounting and finance, marketing, sales, and technology.

The recent federal and state minimum wage increases will likely benefit many seasonal workers. Nearly 40 percent of the businesses adding staff over the next three months will increase their pay, up 10 percentage points from last year. The research shows that 72 percent of seasonal employers will pay $10 or more per hour, while 19 percent will pay $16 or more.

Businesses aren't just looking for part-time workers this fall. Full-time, permanent hiring in the fourth quarter of the year is projected to be the most robust since 2006. The study revealed that 34 percent of employers expect to add full-time, permanent employees over the next few months, up from 29 percent in 2014 and 25 percent in 2013.

CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson said the increased hiring of both seasonal and full-time workers this year reflects the strength of the U.S. economy and labor market.

"Employer confidence is widespread and the strongest we've seen since 2006," Ferguson said in a statement. "Hiring will continue on an upward trajectory for both permanent and seasonal positions, with pay expected to improve over last year as companies keep pace with minimum-wage hikes and compete more aggressively for elusive talent."

The study was based on surveys of 2,326 hiring and human resource managers.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.