The sixth annual summer jobs survey from Snagajob has found that summer hiring will reach recent record highs as 10 percent more (19 percent) of hiring managers plan to hire in 2013 than in 2012. Wages are also at their highest levels since the survey began in 2008. The number of hiring managers not planning to hire over the summer has also fallen 14 points from last year, hitting 31 percent. Additional key findings from the survey include:
• Companies expecting to increase payrolls in the summer will hire an average of 30 workers who will also earn an average of 60 cents more per hour over-the-year ($11.50 in 2013 compared to $10.90 in 2012).
• One-third of hiring managers believe that teens will have a much easier time finding summer jobs, largely because fewer hiring managers (52 percent, down from 73 percent in 2009) think they will receive more applications this summer.
• Over one-third of companies not expected to hire seasonal employees reported that budget concerns led to the decision.
“The economy has added jobs for the past four consecutive months, and it appears that hiring managers see that growth continuing into the summer,” said Jason Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Snagajob. “Companies that are hiring are expecting to bring on more staff and offer higher wages, so this should be the best summer for hourly workers we’ve seen in several years.”