Holidays are a Jolly Time for Retail Sales Jobs, According to WANTED Analytics

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From August through November, retailers had more than 548,000 online job ads available for sales professionals, a 32% year-over-year increase, according to WANTED Analytics™.

Between August and November 2012, more than 548,000 job ads were seen online for retail sales professionals, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Hiring for the busiest retail season of the year began in August and has maintained the highest volume of job ads seen since the recession began. The number of retail sales job ads posted between August 1 and November 30 rose 32% compared to the same 4-month period in 2011 and 40% versus 2010.

Within retail trade, Department Stores (except Discount Department Stores) saw the highest volume of job ads with more than 22,000 available listings in the past 90 days. This represents a 57% increase in hiring versus the same 90-day period in 2011. Other industries with a high volume of online job ads were Office Supplies and Stationary Stores, Electronics Stores, and Home Centers.

The five metropolitan areas with the highest volume of online job ads for retail sales professionals were New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington (DC), and Dallas. Retailers in New York placed the greatest volume of online job ads, with more than 6,500 during the last 90 days. All 5 of these areas saw year-over-year increases; however employers in Los Angeles experienced the highest growth in hiring, up more than 19%.

Nationwide, retailers are likely to experience favorable recruiting conditions. However, many Recruiters and hiring managers are still likely to see challenges with finding candidates that meet all their skill requirements. For example, there is likely to be more difficulty with sourcing potential candidates with inventory management. For many sales positions, candidates need the ability to effectively account for all merchandise. This becomes especially important during the holiday season when more supplies need to be ordered and tracked.

According to the Hiring Scale™, the locations with the most difficult conditions for sourcing retail sales professionals with inventory management skills are currently Midland (Texas), Albany (New York), and Washington (DC). These areas are likely to spend a longer time sourcing candidates than the rest of the United States. Online job ads in these areas are posted for as long as 6 weeks.

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.

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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

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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