Summer Hiring Heating Up

By Roy Maurer Jun 2, 2015

Employment is expected to receive a boost this summer, with more than one-third of private-sector employers (36 percent) planning to hire seasonal workers, up from 30 percent last year and an average of 21 percent from 2008-2011, according to CareerBuilder’s annual summer jobs outlook.

And better yet, a majority of employers hiring—77 percent—say they will consider summer hires for permanent positions.

The national survey was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between Feb. 11 and March 6, 2015, and included 2,175 full-time hiring and human resources managers across industries of various company sizes in the United States.

More good news for job seekers is that in many cases, summer jobs are expected to pay well beyond the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Fifty-three percent of employers hiring for summer jobs are offering $15 or more per hour on average. Seventy-two percent will pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour on average—up from 64 percent in 2014.

“The growing number of employers adding seasonal help in good-paying jobs this summer is a strong indicator of labor market momentum,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “Many summer jobs went away completely during the recession as companies eliminated internship programs and as households cut back on vacation and recreation spending. We expect this year’s positive outlook to carry over into full-time hiring across industries and job types.”

Variety of Employers Hiring

Leisure and hospitality employers lead all industries in expected summer hiring, with 50 percent intending to hire. This is followed by employers in financial services (48 percent), information technology (46 percent), retail (42 percent), manufacturing (39 percent), transportation (37 percent) and health care (26 percent).

The types of positions typically being offered include customer service (25 percent), office support (23 percent), engineering (17 percent) and sales (17 percent).

Teenage job seekers should look for employment outside the traditional places, said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “In addition to looking outside of your city or state, look for unusual job titles that might fly under the radar of most of your fellow job seekers. There are also numerous youth employment programs run by the state and federal government designed to provide a more enriching summer job experience,” he said.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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