The term seasonal employment refers to open positions in an organization that are available for only a portion of the year. Seasonal employment is a form of temporary employment, whereby the workload occurs only during certain times of the year.
Hiring seasonal employees allows companies to optimize their workforce and align their available resources with their workload. Seasonal positions are typically full time jobs, meaning the employee works a minimum of 40 hours per week. However, the jobs are temporary in nature, since the company will not offer these individuals year-round employment.
Companies will hire seasonal employees for a number of reasons, including:
Seasonal employment also provides the employer with the opportunity to screen individuals for full time positions. In the same manner, a job seeker may accept this type of assignment with the hope of eventually securing a full time, year round job.