Snagajob survey uncovers growing discontent among hourly workers

Oct. 18, 2017

The hourly workforce recruiting site Snagajob released its State of the Hourly Worker report this week.

The report finds that nearly 6 in 10 members of the U.S. workforce don't make enough to pay for monthly expenses, and more than 4 in 10 hourly workers can't cover monthly costs, a news release said. This new data holds particularly important for the restaurant industry which depends on hourly workers of all ilk to keep businesses running. 

The Snagajob survey of more than 2,500 workers found that, despite being more tech-savvy and more willing than ever to work multiple shifts, more than 4 in 10 hourly workers still aren't making enough to make ends meet. This compares with slightly more than 3 in 10 in last year's survey..

Underemployment — whether occasional or consistent — is a fact of life for a large and growing number of Americans. These workers are left feeling financially unstable, causing many to seek new — or more — jobs to manage month-to-month payment demands, the report said.

The Snagajob survey found that 73 percent of respondents want to work at least 40 hours weekly, and 43 percent of those who are working full-time want more hours. Nearly 30 percent said their schedules fluctuate by at least five hours each week, and that uncertainly about their monthly income can prevent them from making needed purchases.

Later in the week, this website will present insights from interviews with Snagajob executives we spoke to about the survey.


Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Human Resources, Workforce Management


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