With Amazon’s announcement that the company will hire 100,000 seasonal workers, holiday hiring announcements this year have surpassed the previous record total of nearly 696,000 seasonal jobs set in 2014. Companies hiring seasonal workers for the holidays have announced 704,000 jobs this season, according to a tally released Wednesday by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“The competition for seasonal workers is intense, especially as companies expand their compensation and benefits offerings,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Amazon announced it would increase its hourly wage to $15 per hour last month. According to a survey by Snag reported on in The Washington Post, retailers are expected to increase wages 54 percent over last season.

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