What Is Seasonal Employment?

Seasonal employment is temporary work in order to meet the needs of an organization during specific periods of the year generally referred to as seasons.

How Does Seasonal Employment Work?

Any organization can offer seasonal employment if its activities require more workforce due to increased demand or temporary conditions. Tourism industries often offer seasonal employment to sustain their operations during busy times of the year. Agricultural industries depend on climate.

Seasonal employment has a fixed term set at the end of the seasonal period. Seasonal employees can benefit from employment insurance when their seasonal contract ends.

What Are Examples of Seasonal Employment?

Common examples of industries where seasonal employment is common include:

  • Construction;
  • Restaurant;
  • Tourism;
  • Agriculture;
  • Landscaping.

What Is the Law with Regard to Seasonal Employment?

The laws that govern seasonal employment are usually the same as those that govern full-time or permanent paid work. Employers must, therefore, respect the minimum wage or number of hours worked according to the laws in place.

What Are the Advantages of Seasonal Employment for Employees?

The Advantages of Seasonal Employment for Employees include:

  • Lower costs if they choose a job that offers accommodation or meals
  • The opportunity to try a new type of job
  • The opportunity to learn new skills
  • Greater independence
  • Limited working periods

What Are the Advantages of Seasonal Employment for Employers?

The advantages of hiring employees for seasonal work include:

  • Not needing to lay off employees during slow periods
  • Being able to predict hires annually
  • Reduced labor costs
  • Easier management of annual leave

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