Holiday hiring is up to the best level in five years, according to this year's 2012 seasonal hiring forecast from job site Snagajob.com. Among hiring managers with responsibility to hire seasonal workers for the holidays, 63% will be hiring this year, up from 51% last year.
Overall, companies are adding hundreds of thousands of employees to the payroll and seasonal employment hiring is expected to outpace last year's 718,500 jobs.
Both Walmart and Kohls are planning to hire over 50,000 seasonal workers. Macy's is projecting adding 80,000 workers to the payroll. Target is expected to hire between 80,000 and 90,000 additional workers to help with the holidays. Toys R Us plans on adding 45,000 seasonal workers. Other major retailers are also adding jobs, as are package delivery firms like UPS.
Not all these jobs are part-time, temporary positions. 49% will be full-time jobs and half of those hired for a seasonal job will be offered a full-time permanent position, according to Snagajob's report.
If you're looking for a holiday job, don't wait. Companies have started hiring to add the extra staff they need to get through the busy holiday season. Snagajob reports that 57% of companies plan on completing their hiring by the end of October, up from 46% last year.