Spring has officially arrived, signaling the release of Snagajob's 2014 Summer Hiring Survey. After interviewing employers from small businesses and large companies in the foodservice, retail and hospitality industries, Snagajob was able to collect insightful data on seasonal summer hiring in the hourly marketplace.
The survey presents glimpses into the landscape of summer hiring. From anticipated numbers of new hires to thoughts on competition for available positions, this year's survey reveals a positive outlook on summer employment.
Great hiring expectations
Of the 250 employers surveyed, 74 percent intend on hiring for the summer, a busy season for many service industry companies. In preparation, 15 percent of employers plan to hire more seasonal employees than they did last year to accommodate the changes — an average of 25 additional workers for summer.
Spring has sprung and the job postings are already going up. Of those planning to hire for the summer, 74 percent expect to have those positions filled by the end of May.
Applicants, attributes and more
As the applications for these seasonal positions roll in, employers have a good idea of just how many to expect. Fifty-eight percent of employers are planning for the same volume of summer applicants as they received last year; and 33 percent are on the lookout for more applicants than last summer.
In the search for these summer hires, surveyed employers knew which attributes were the most important to look for in applicants. Forty-two percent of employers said the most important character attribute in a summer employee is a positive attitude and eagerness to have the job. The second most important is the ability to work a flexible schedule.
Summer jobs are usually equated with high schoolers and college students, but according to 44 percent of employers, older candidates with more experience are the biggest competition younger applicants face for these jobs. But there are plenty of opportunities for job seekers to find a position this summer as employers expect 78 percent of their seasonal hires to be new additions rather than returning employees.
Seasonal wage is heating up
Across industries, the average wage employers are willing to pay summer employees is $10.39. Travel and hospitality reports an average wage of $10.89; the foodservice industry boasts an average wage of $10.43.
Job seekers out West will be happy to know the region is offering the highest average wage in the country. At $11.10 an hour, employers can offer a little more to their summer hires.
This summer looks to be a sunny hiring season for both employers and job seekers.
/ Jason Hamilton serves as Snagajob’s vice president of product and marketing. In this role, he is responsible for creating products that instantly connect workers and employers. He also leads Snagajob's marketing strategies – from customer acquisition and retention to marketplace development and growth. Oh, and he had a cameo in a Bollywood film.