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the Cost of Temporary Retail Employees

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$ 250
Feb 2007
Chicago, Illinois
Huge influx of business caused need for temp retail worker  more... close row
$ 400
Sep 2007
Chicago, Illinois
Two student employees hired for back to school rush  more... close row
$ 17
Dec 2006
Tampa, FL
retail store
Temp agency made life a lot easier  more... close row
$ 12
Feb 2008
Pines, FL
Per hour wage for temporary retail employee  more... close row
$ 9
Nov 2006
Brooklyn, NY
Retail sales
Part time holiday help for electronics store  more... close row

Description of service

Part time holiday help for retail chain store selling personal electronics and related accessories and services. Employees were responsible for selling, upselling, promoting add-ons and other services, ringing up customers and general store maintenance (keeping items priced and orderly, etc). Wages averaged at about $9/hour, after a base pay plus commission.

Review of Service

Employees were generally hired for a 2-3 month period. Depending on the individual's learning curve and desire to excel, it could take from 2-4 weeks for them to maximize their selling abilities, during which point they are not earning enough to make up for their salary, so it is important to leave enough time for training before the peak part of the season hits. It is also important to leave enough time before the height of the selling season to hire them, for those hired out of desperation to have bodies on the floor may wind up being higher theft risks than those who you took more time to select.


Do background checks! The unfortunate fact of retail is that more theft is internal than external. With temporary help this can be an even greater risk if they figure they won't be working there long anyway. However, careful selection, preparation and training can minimize this threat, and increase your productivity. After all, being short staffed can cause you to lose customers permanently.

$ 500
Feb 2007
San Diego, CA
Temporary employee to do inventory  more... close row
$ 80
Dec 2007
Chicago, Illinois
Retail temps help with busy holiday season  more... close row
$ 13
Aug 2006
Lincolnton, NC
Retail Sales/ Manufacturing
Young entrepreneur hiring temp workers  more... close row
$ 100
Nov 2007
San Diego, CA
Temp employee to organize books  more... close row
$ 8
Jun 2007
Tampa, FL
small retail store
Students work as temporary employees during holidays  more... close row
$ 11
Mar 2008
San Francisco, CA
clothing store manager
Temporary cashier for store  more... close row
$ 10
Jun 2008
Pasadena, CA
Clothing Retail
Nothing good came of temp retail employees  more... close row