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September 2016 Data Released on 10.14.2016Winery Hiring Activity Up 10% Despite Seasonal ShiftsWinery hiring activity remained consistent in September, winejobs.com reported, increasing 10% from the same month a year earlier. Postings for direct-to-consumer positions were key to the increase, with other positions largely filled prior to harvest.
Winery Job Index » Month 12 Months September 2016 211 10% 286 8% September 2015 192 266
Strong hiring activity in September offset a seasonal decline in the Winery Job Index, which stands at 211 versus 192 a year ago. While the month remained the strongest September in the past three years, the seasonal decline shift saw the index off from a peak of 412 in June 2016.
Despite lower demand for winemakers in the midst of harvest, total winemaking job listings in September increased by 4% from September 2015.
Sales and marketing activity in September 2016 was steady with September 2015, but demand weakened slightly.
Direct-to-consumer job postings increased the most year-over-year, with demand for winery retail and tasting room workers increasing 32% from September 2015. It remained among the most active segments of the winery labor market.