THERE MAY BE A SERIOUS SANTA CLAUS LABOR SHORTAGE THIS CHRISTMAS 2022
So the labor market is in total flux. So yes, that is a kind of a bad case of the flu. And no, there’s no convenient shot for that. The causes are myriad, and I won’t dive into that here as we will all drown in numbers and theory without really getting to any conclusion. But that aside, this labor market in flux means a labor shortage across a lot of sectors. And Christmas 2022 is not immune, and it could change our experience in a big way. How? Well, how about how there will be a possibly severe shortage of Santa Claus(es) this year?
BUSINESSES MAY HAVE TO SHELL OUT BIGGER BUCKS TO THE REMAINING SANTAS IN THE LABOR MARKET
So yes, there are a host of different businesses that contract with people who work as Santa Claus. Stores, of course. Businesses that want that special holiday visibility, too. But the biggest losers will be anyone who wants their very own Santa Claus for their Christmas parties. This year, it seems, older men with a decent belly and a jolly demeanor will be harder to find than ever before. So what’s going on? Well, lifestyle, for one. And lifestyle includes the new, fluid pandemic reality. And Christmas 2022 just may have a different feel than any we’ve had before, with Santa Claus as a labor force demanding better pay.
WILL CHRISTMAS 2022 CHANGE THE GAME FOR THE SANTA CLAUSE LABOR MARKET FOREVER?
So concerns over Covid and “lifestyle changes” have made a dent in jolly, big-bellied men’s willingness to don the suit for the happy holiday dollar. But there are several who still want to work. But many retailers may balk at the price. And if you are a seasonal worker, you’ll want to pay attention. Santas this year who are still willing to be jolly in the traditional garb are demanding between $175 up to $300 an hour for any Christmas 2022 gig they work. Sure, that seems like a lot. Like, a LOT. But here’s where the shock comes in. That price range is only about $50 more an hour than the norm!
So we’ll see where this goes. But I bet that if there’s any collective bargaining, that the Abominable Snowman will be representing Ole’ Saint Nick. I mean, Nicks.