The pace of job creation may pick up over the summer months, fueled by an expected increase in seasonal hiring. Three in 10 (29%) U.S. employers plan to hire workers for the summer, up from 21% in 2011 and an average of 22% over the past 4 years, according to CareerBuilder's annual “Summer Job Forecast.”
The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive from February 9 to March 2, 2012, among more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals.
A CareerBuilder press release says stronger than expected growth in the manufacturing sector, as well as increased consumer confidence heading into vacation season, are likely behind the busier summer hiring season. Employers in these industries are expected to lead seasonal hiring:
"Confidence is up among the employers we most closely associate with summer hiring. This is good news for job seekers, as seasonal work can often lead to full-time opportunities. A majority of employers told us they consider a summer position an extended job interview," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "The forecast is also a strong indicator that the job market will continue to strengthen as we come closer to the second half of 2012."
- Manufacturing: 45% (plan to add summer workers)
- Hospitality: 44%
- Retail: 34%
- Finance: 31%
From Seasonal to Full-Time
The possibility of full-time employment makes summer work a good opportunity for recent college grads, unemployed jobseekers, and people who've left the workforce altogether. Also, 71% of employers hiring this summer said they'll be considering some hires for permanent positions. In fact, 39% of employers said they're less likely to hire someone who isn't interested in working beyond summer.
What Will Summer Jobs Pay?
A majority (64%) of employers will pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour up from 58% last year. And 20% will pay more than $16 per hour; 29% will pay $8 to $10.
Employers Still Filling Summer Jobs
While 42% of employers report that they typically complete their summer hiring by April, 38% complete it in May and 19% will hire in June and beyond.
Other In-Demand Summer Jobs
It's not just retail, hospitality and manufacturing jobs available this summer. Employers also plan to hire seasonal help in the following areas: customer service, office support, information technology, research, engineering and sales.