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Retail Hiring: Strong Figures Continue

Hiring in the Retail sector remains strong-a sign of better times to come?


Wanted Analytics brings us the data-you draw the conculsions:


In the last few months of 2011, we closely watched hiring demand in the retail industry and saw that hiring around the holidays was strong. We looked again at the volume of job ads placed for retail sales professionals during February and noticed that this growth hasn’t stopped. There were more than 42,000 jobs advertised online for retail sales workers last month, a 92% year-over-year increase (compared to February 2011) and a 7% month-over-month increase (compared to January 2012). Some of the retailers with the highest number of jobs advertised during February were: Staples, Macy’s, JoS. A. Bank, Home Depot, and Best Buy.


Hiring Demand for Retail Sales Workers – 4 Year Hiring Trend


Hiring Demand for Retail Sales Workers 

Source: WANTED Analytics


Sales Workers and Sales Managers accounted for the majority of the job ads. More than 22,000 postings were for Salespersons at a 145% increase compared to February 2011. Sales managers represented about 19,000 of the jobs, a year-over-year increase of about 48%. Cashiers, Parts Salespersons, and Rental Counter Clerks made up the remaining jobs – all of which also experienced growth compared to last year. The most  required skills in job ads for retail sales workers are a mix of store equipment (like electrical lifts) and common technological skills (like Microsoft Office):


  1. Cash registers
  2. Fax machines
  3. Paging systems
  4. Panel saws
  5. Electric lifts
  6. Pallet jacks
  7. Microsoft Office
  8. Calculators
  9. Personal protective equipment
  10. Quantitative analysis

It should also be noted that hiring for non-sales jobs has been looking strong, too. The volume of job ads posted online by retailers for Marketers, Web Developers, Software Engineers, Operation Managers, and HR Managers all increased last month.


Below is a chart of the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest volumes of online job ads, all of which experienced at least double-digit growth compared to the same time period in 2011. Retailers in New York City by far had the most job listings and almost doubled their hiring demand compared to last year. In fact, growth in Los Angeles, Miami, and Boston also almost doubled over the past year. Chicago and Phoenix places more than 2 times the volume of ads as last year.


10 Metro Areas with Highest Volume of Online Job Ads for Retail Sales Workers


Metro Areas with High Retail Demand 

Source: WANTED Analytics


On average, our Hiring Scale™ it is likely that Recruiters in the retail space will find sales positions moderately easy-to-fill since there is a large pool or potential candidates. On average jobs are listed online for 40 days – or just under 6 weeks. However, in locations with high and quickly growing demand, Recruiters may find more difficulties. In New York, where demand consistently beats any other metro area in the US, job ads are slightly more difficult-to-fill compared to nationally. Online job listings also stay online for an average of 42 days in New York City – just 2 days longer than the national average. One of the shortest average posting periods is in Kingsport, Tennessee where ads are online for just 33 days – or 4.7 weeks (about 1 week shorter than the national average).

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