New Year likely to see highest number of temporary jobs since 2013

A total of 108.5 thousand vacancies are expected to be filled

Published on 18/11/2023 - 09:00 By Bruno de Freitas Moura - Rio de Janeiro

The Christmas boost in sales should result in the Brazilian retail sector hiring the largest number of temporary workers in the last ten years. The estimate was made by the National Confederation of Trade in Goods, Services, and Tourism (CNC), which expects that 108,500 vacancies will be filled.

The figure represents an increase of 5.6 percent compared to last year, when 97,900 temporary workers were hired. If the expectation is confirmed, this contingent of labor will be the largest since 2013, when 115,500 people filled temporary vacancies.

The confederation based its estimate on seasonal aspects of admissions and dismissals in retail, as recorded by the Ministry of Labor.


The hypermarket and supermarket segment is likely to hire the most temporary workers, with 45,47 thousand vacancies, followed by clothing and footwear, with 25,17 thousand; household goods and electronics, 15,98 thousand; bookstores and stationery stores, 9,31 thousand; and furniture and household appliances, 5,7 thousand vacancies.

Even though hypermarkets and supermarkets account for most vacancies, it is the clothing segment that benefits most proportionally from Christmas. While sales at supermarkets grow by 34 percent between November and December, the leap at clothing stores stands at 90 percent.

According to the confederation, “the slowdown in inflation amid the still-initial process of easing monetary policy [lowering interest rates] should have a favorable impact on sales in segments that are less dependent on borrowing money through loans and financing.”

São Paulo (28,41 thousand), Minas Gerais (12,13 thousand), Paraná (9,14 thousand), and Rio de Janeiro (7,96 thousand) should account for more than half (54%) of the temporary jobs on offer for Christmas this year.

Atop the hiring ranking are salespeople (42,102), cashiers (9,429), and stock and warehouse workers (9,278).

Permanent recruitment

The confederation expects the hiring rate to reach 14.2 percent—higher than 2022’s 12.3 percent, but lower than 2021’s 14.9 percent, “when commerce was still replacing the vacancies that had been closed in the first two waves of the pandemic.”

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Maria Claudia

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