Employers predict increase in total hires and wages from last summer, encourage workers to start looking for jobs now

RICHMOND, Va., April 8, 2015 – Snagajob, America’s number one spot for hourly workers and employers, today announced results from its 2015 Summer Hiring Survey of 1,000 employers responsible for hiring hourly employees this summer, including those in the retail, hospitality and foodservice industries. Combined, these industries make up 44 percent of all summer youth employment, with employed youth (16-24-year-olds) increasing approximately 12 percent each year between the months of April and July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Snagajob’s eighth-annual Summer Hiring Survey points toward strong job growth this summer season, with 78 percent of employers expecting to hire the same amount, or more, of summer employees as last year. Overall hourly wages look strong, too, with summer employers expected to pay an average of $11.52, up from last year’s predicted average pay of $10.39.

The survey, which can be viewed in its entirety by visiting Snagajob.com, identified the following trends happening right now in the hourly-hiring industry:

Start applying now
Summer jobs may not be a huge concern with America’s youth right now as they deal with final exams and graduation, but according to employers, 74 percent of all summer jobs will be filled by the end of May.

What’s with the attitude?
The most important characteristic employers look for in a summer employee is a positive attitude (40 percent), followed by schedule flexibility (23 percent), commitment to work the whole summer (19 percent) and previous experience (18 percent).

Stiff competition
Workers should expect stiffer competition this summer, with 85 percent of employers predicting to receive the same amount, or more, of job applications as last year.

Give ‘em a raise
Seventy-eight percent of employers agree minimum wage should be higher, with 65 percent saying an increase in minimum wage would help their business.

“Sick” days
Ninety-four percent of employers believe summer workers at some point call in “sick” to do a fun activity instead of working (who can blame them, it’s summer).

Also revealed in the survey is a divide between employers and younger workers with a mobile-first mentality. Only 54 percent of employers are posting jobs that can be applied to with a mobile device, yet Snagajob data shows that 56 percent of its job seekers are using a mobile device to find and apply for jobs versus a desktop computer.

“Summer hiring reveals a major disconnect between outdated employer recruiting methods and how younger workers are searching for jobs,” said Peter Harrison, Snagajob CEO. “Snagajob is working to solve this problem with mobile-hiring solutions, like our video apply feature which allows workers to create a 30-second video response to show their personality to an employer. Leveraging mobile technology will significantly shorten the amount of time and effort needed by both employer and worker to connect in meaningful ways.”

About Snagajob
Snagajob, America’s largest marketplace for hourly job seekers and employers, is the only company solely committed to providing recruitment and hiring solutions to the hourly industry. With almost 60 million registered job seekers and a leading hourly-focused talent management system, Snagajob has been serving hourly workers and those who employ them since 2000. With offices in Richmond, Va., and the Washington, D.C. metro, Snagajob has been named to Fortune Magazine’s Great Place to Work® list for each of the past seven years. To find out more, visit snagajob.com or snagajob.com/employer-solutions.

Survey Methodology
The Snagajob Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 U.S. adults responsible for hiring hourly employees, with a minimum of 100 interviews in each of the following industries: Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality, between March 25 and April 3, 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.