Recently, American retailers has been having difficulties hiring employees for stores while middle and higher management struggle with low pay after recent bankruptcies and store closures within the industry. Companies such as J.C. Penney and Macy’s claimed to hire the same or fewer seasonal workers for the holidays this year compared to last year while others like Walmart have decided to not hire temporary workers at all.
U.S. employment levels have hit the lowest in more than 16 years and hourly mean wage for entry level sales positions at retailers including clothing, department stores, and sports goods only equal to $11.96 as of May 2016. Job searches and review sites have listed 829,500 retail job openings as of mid-October compared to 875,000 last year. Studies on job openings depict how more people have quit retail by August this year than in the past decade with 3.74 million workers leaving their jobs.
Retailers like J.C. Penney is planning to introduce paid time off for part time hourly associates starting next year to persuade seasonal workers to stay past the holiday season.