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08/24/2021

Michaels seeks 20,000 seasonal holiday workers

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Michaels to Hire Over 20,000 Employees for the Holiday Season (Photo: Business Wire)

The largest arts and crafts retail chain in North America is expecting a busy holiday season, both in-store and online.

The Michaels Companies Inc. will hire over 20,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. and Canada stores and distribution centers in preparation for the 2021 holiday season. The retailer will host a seasonal hiring event in U.S. stores on Aug. 28 and in Canadian stores on Sep. 18. Both events will be held from 12 – 4 p.m. local time. Michaels will hire seasonal workers across the organization.

In 2020, Michaels hired more than 16,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. and Canada stores and distribution centers in preparation for the holiday season. In 2019, the retailer hired some 15,000 seasonal employees.

According to Michaels, it hires more than 50% of seasonal in-store positions into regular roles following the holidays. Many seasonal associates go on to become members of its store management teams. Candidates in both the U.S. and Canada interested in seasonal positions can learn more in stores or apply online at michaels.com/jobs (U.S.) or Canada.michaels.com (Canada).

Many experts are predicting a robust holiday shopping season for 2021, as consumers who have been restraining their spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic and receiving government stimulus payments are expected to splurge on holiday gifts and expenses. A recent Sitecore survey indicates 34% of consumers will begin holiday shopping by Labor Day, and 91% of marketers are optimistic of a revenue boost this holiday season. 

In response, a number of retailers including Michaels have been bolstering their workforce to meet the needs of a hoped-for holiday shopping boom. Discount grocer Aldi plans to hire more than 20,000 store and warehouse employees to support its continued expansion and prepare for the holiday season.

In addition, Dollar Tree recently geared up for the holiday season with a hiring event at each of its 26 U.S. distribution centers. And Walmart is providing a new incentive to keep workers on the job at its warehouses and fulfillment centers amid a tight labor market and as it ramps up for the holiday season.