Good News for Hourly Workers: Summer Jobs Galore

April 5, 2016

5:09 pm

Summer hiring is always a season of struggle for employers – with the national average of unemployment now at under 5 percent for the first time in eight years, employers are now at a standstill for how to fill these roles, despite the demand for seasonal hourly workers increasing. According to the latest survey by employer-matching site Snagajob, employers can now have an easier time matching themselves with hourly employees.

Snagajob reports that a staggering 91 percent of hourly employers anticipate hiring the same or more employees during this summer season. There was over a 67 percent increase over the last two years, according to the research, and this also means increasing wages and flexibility to compete against others in the market.

Releasing their annual summer hiring survey, Snagajob hopes to “broaden the understanding of the hourly market during the summer hiring season and help paint a more accurate picture of what hourly employers are up against this year.” The survey focused on jobs in retail, hospitality, technology, construction, finance, and dining; with wages expected to increase to $12.75 an hour.

“The year’s survey indicates a lot of summer opportunity for hourly job seekers, but growing challenges for hourly employers,” says Peter Harrison, chief executive officer of Snagajob. “With the national unemployment rate below five percent for the first time in eight years, the employee candidate pool is rapidly shrinking. At the same time, the seasonal need for hourly workers has increased. Not only are hourly businesses vying for more employees, but they are also doing more to attract workers, including raising wages and increasing flexibility. A robust summer hiring strategy aimed at quickly hiring quality workers is critical in order to stay competitive and keep up with seasonal consumer demand.”

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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