If you’re planning on hiring seasonal employees this summer, get ready for some increased competition for talent.
CareerBuilder’s summer hiring forecast shows that the number of employers looking for summer workers is continuing it’s post-recession climb, with 36 percent of employers planning to hire summer workers this year, up from 30 percent last year, and an average of 21 percent between 2008 and 2011.
Not only are more employers planning on adding headcount this summer, but many will be offering more competitive wages as well. Seventy-two percent of employers hiring seasonal summer workers have openings for which they’ll offer $10 or more per hour, and more than half (53 percent) will be filling positions with hourly wages of $15 or more.
This uptick is likely tied to the increased demand for summer hires post-recession, as well as recent public policy discussions revolving around minimum wage. Additionally, many companies are looking at summer hiring as a potentially longer term investment, with 77 percent saying they plan on transitioning some summer hires to full time, permanent positions.
As the economy picks back up, more families able to travel, seasonal workers will be in highest demand in the leisure and hospitality industry, where half (50 percent) of companies plan to take on additional staff for the summer. Other industries hiring include:
- Financial services: 48 percent
- Information technology: 46 percent
- Retail: 42 percent
- Manufacturing: 39 percent
- Transportation: 37 percent
- Health care: 26 percent
Companies are hiring seasonal workers in a variety of positions, with high demand for roles related to customer service (25 percent), office support (23 percent), engineering (17 percent) and sales (17 percent).
With more competition in hiring seasonal workers, employers who rely on adding temporary headcount for the summer need to prepare to sweeten their offers a bit in order to attract the best candidates.
Learn more about the growth in temporary hiring here.