(NEW YORK) — As the end of the year approaches, retailers are revving up for the holiday shopping season. And for some, that means adding on to payrolls to help deal with the influx of customers.
Toys R Us is the latest big chain to announce its plans for 2012. The number one toy retailer is hiring 45,000 seasonal workers to staff its pop-up stores and make sure all the toys are on the shelves in time to meet demand.
The additional employees marks a 13 percent increase from the number of temporary workers the Wayne, N.J.-based company hired last year.
And there’s hope the seasonal jobs could turn into permanent ones for some workers.
“With substantial growth opportunities available, these seasonal jobs have the potential to become full-time positions for high-performing employees,” Toys R Us said in a statement Tuesday. “Last year, approximately 15 percent of the holiday workforce retained positions with Toys R Us after the season ended.”
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