Last month, Business Insider highlighted that Amazon is looking to fill about 95 sales positions. In comparison, AstraZeneca announced plans to lay off 2,300 sales representatives. With mixed news about sales employment, we investigated recent hiring trends to see which direction demand is heading. When we last reported on August's sales job ad volume, demand had reached a 4-year high. After a seasonal decline, ad volume in February 2013 was 8% higher than it was at this time last year.
Hiring Demand for Sales and Related Occupations
The retail sector experienced the greatest demand for sales occupations in February led by clothing stores and building materials and supplies dealers. Home improvement stores are increasing hiring to meet rising demand and revenue projections. Can growing hiring in clothing stores be an economic indicator that consumers are increasing spending?
Industries with the Most Demand for Sales Professionals
- Clothing Stores
- Building Materials and Supplies Dealers
- Department Stores
- Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
- Depository Credit Intermediation
- Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
- Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
- Electronics and Appliances Stores
- Health and Personal Care Stores
- Grocery Stores
New York (NY), Chicago (IL), and Los Angeles (CA) are currently experiencing the highest demand for sales jobs. Each of these locations score between 32 – 34 on our Hiring Scale (out of a possible 99, where 99 is the hardest-to-fill.) The best recruiting conditions are likely to be in Kanakakee-Bradley (IL), El Centro (CA), and Ocean City (NJ), all scoring 18 or below. Adversely, the worst conditions are likely to be in Manchester-Nasshua (NH), scoring a 67.
Hiring Scale for Sales and Related Occupations
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