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Job Applications are this Summer’s Juiciest Beach Reads (for Three in Ten Employers)

SummerHelpWantedIt’s summer (supposedly), which means that it’s time for yet another intellectually stimulating Fast and Furious movie, the highly anticipated debut of the new Miller Lite bottle and, of course, CareerBuilder’s annual Summer Jobs Forecast.

According to this year’s survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide, 29 percent of employers plan to hire seasonal workers this summer.

Although unchanged from 2012, the number of employers hiring seasonal workers is up significantly from an average of 21 percent from 2008 to 2011, indicating a positive but cautious hiring outlook.

Who’s Shopping for Summer Hires? It’s Not Just Retail Employers
While summer jobs are commonly associated with the retail and hospitality sectors, employers in leisure and hospitality (47 percent), manufacturing (34 percent), information technology (34 percent) and retail (33 percent) are the most likely to hire seasonal help this summer.

What’s in Fashion for Employers this Season
Among the survey’s other findings were the following trends:

  • Summer could last all year. The majority of employers (67 percent) hiring this summer said they’ll be considering some hires for permanent positions.
  • Paychecks are increasing. Two thirds of employers (66 percent) will pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour – up from 64 percent in 2012 and 58 percent in 2011.
  • Hiring is happening, and it’s happening now. More than half of all employers (53 percent) will complete their seasonal hiring in May or June. (In other words, if your company is among those hiring this summer, if you haven’t started your recruiting process yet, now is the time to start.)

Tell us: How do your hiring and compensation plans compare to the above findings?