Retail Hiring Demand Finishes 2011 Holiday Season up 40%

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Retailers advertised more than 97,000 jobs online for Salespersons and Sales Managers between September and December 2011, representing a 40% year-over-year increase, according to WANTED Analytics™.

Between September 1 and December 31, Retailers placed more than 97,000 new online job ads for Salespersons and Sales Managers, according to WANTED Analytics™ (http://www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Online ad volume for this sector increased 40% compared to the same time period in 2010, 32% versus 2009, and 9% in comparison to 2008. However, hiring is still below pre-recession demand, down 10% from the same time period in 2007 when more than 108,000 jobs were advertised during the same period. Jobs that were advertised as seasonal or temporary positions also increased 17% in comparison to the same time period in 2010.

The industries with the highest demand during this time period were Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores, Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers, Electronics and Appliance Stores, Health and Personal Care Stores, and Food and Beverage Stores. Combined, these five industries placed more than 70,000 job ads between September 1 and December 31, accounting for about 72% of all hiring demand in the retail industry.

Metropolitan areas with the highest hiring demand for Retail Salespersons and Supervisors of Salespersons during this period were New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Employers and staffing firms within the retail sector in New York placed more than 5,000 new online job ads within the retail sector, the most of any city at a 20% year-over-year increase. Chicago also experienced a year-over-year increase of 85%, while Washington, DC declined about 9% from the same time in 2010.

Recruiting conditions for sales related professionals in the retail industry are likely to be moderately difficult, with about 16 potential candidates in the workforce for every open job. However, conditions will vary slightly by location, depending on local talent supply. According to the Hiring Scale™, Recruiters representing the retail sector in Washington, DC are likely to experience the one of the most difficult conditions when sourcing for these jobs. The talent pool in this area is smaller than average, meaning that retailers are likely to compete heavily to recruit Retail Salespeople and Managers for open positions. In addition, Recruiters and hiring managers in this industry in the DC area will see job ads listed online longer. The duration of a job listing in Washington, DC is 42 days (or 6 weeks), longer than the national average.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

To see additional charts and detail, please visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com/insight.

The Hiring Scale is available at http://www.hiringscale.com.

About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 600 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com.

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.

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