blue extended arrowsSnagajob, America’s largest hourly employment marketplace for job seekers and employers, recently announced the results of its 2014 Summer Hiring Survey.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old will increase by more than two million between April and May of 2014. Snagajob’s recent survey reveals what people can expect as the youth seek out summer employment:

Increased Minimum Wage

  • The average reported wage for summer workers in 2014 is $10.39, 29 cents above President Obama’s proposed federal minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10
  • The hospitality industry will pay the highest average wage for summer employees: $10.89; food-service: $10.43; and retail: $10.07

Increased Hiring

  • 74 percent of employers plan on increasing hiring of summer workers this year, with an average expecting to hire 25 summer
  • Employers not planning to hire summer workers reported the no.1 reason for this is because they expect current staff to carry any additional workload.

Early Bird Gets the Worm

  • 74 percent of employers planning to hire summer workers expect to have those positions filled by the end of May, with 7 percent having already filled summer positions

Positivity Helps

  • A positive attitude and eagerness to have the job was named by 42 percent of respondents as the most important characteristic employers look for in a summer employee

Location Matters

  • On average, workers on the West Coast will earn the highest hourly wage: $11.10; followed by $10.43 in the Midwest, $10.19 in the East and $9.60 in the South




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