Australian casual job postings for Christmas are running twice as high as last year

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  • The number of Christmas job opportunities being posted is tracking twice as high as last year.
  • And workers are searching for casual roles earlier than in the past, with search activity up 20% in August.
  • Job seekers should be proactive. Opportunities begin to disappear in November because businesses finalise Christmas rosters well before the holidays.

Job postings for casual and part-time work over the summer Christmas holiday period are twice as high as last year as retailers gear up for the biggest shopping season of the year.

Callam Pickering, economist with global jobs site Indeed, says job postings are now tracking 100% higher than for the same time last year.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be double the number of Christmas jobs overall but it is a sign of strong demand.

“While it is still too early to declare a bumper Christmas recruitment season, early signs are very impressive,” says Pickering.

“While postings are sharply higher than last year, this doesn’t necessarily mean there will be twice as many opportunities over the Christmas period.

“It might simply be that businesses are advertising earlier than in previous years.

“For context, job postings this year are tracking only nine days ahead of last year but so many jobs are posted daily that this leads to twice as many job postings.

“For job seekers, there is no time to lose. Now is the perfect time to polish off resumes and start applying for the ideal Christmas job.”

Part-time and casual work over Christmas is a way to make money while on holiday or taking a break from studies.

However, these jobs, concentrated in retail and hospitality, provide good work experience and training. Those who perform well may find themselves later employed full-time.

Job searches for Christmas positions were 20% higher in both July and August compared with a year ago, although growth in search activity hasn’t kept pace with the number of opportunities.

In each of the past three years, job seekers have begun searching for holiday roles earlier than the year before, perhaps because those looking for work are hoping to get a head start on their peers.

Job searches tend to peak in October and November — a little later than job postings — yet job seekers are increasingly switched on, with search activity picking up earlier than in recent years.

Most Christmas openings are in the retail sector but other areas of the economy benefit from higher retail spending.

Holiday shoppers, as they snap up toys and clothes, create opportunities in hospitality. A marathon shopping session requires a well-fed and hydrated shopper.

Clothing and jewellery feature prominently among businesses with the highest number of job openings.

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