More summer jobs - and they'll pay better

More summer jobs, but they will pay better. By Jessica Dickler, staff writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- After suffering through several years of dismal summer job markets, not only will there be more hourly positions this year, but they will pay better.

More than half of hiring managers, or 55%, said they plan to hire seasonal workers this summer, according to the survey released Thursday from hourly job site SnagAJob.com. That's the highest percentage since SnagAJob started the survey four years ago.

Ten percent of hiring managers said they will be hiring more seasonal staff than last summer, up from 6% in 2010.

Those who score summer jobs will be paid better, too. Hiring managers said they plan to dole out $10.90 an hour, on average, a 7% increase over last summer's $10.20.

"A number of indicators show that this season should be better than the past several years, including more hiring managers making hires and a greater number of those folks indicating that they will bring on more employees than the previous season," Shawn Boyer, CEO of SnagAJob, said in a statement.

But, job seekers need to start their searches immediately.

According to the SnagAJob report, 43% of hiring managers with available jobs expect to complete their summer seasonal hiring by April, mostly with returning workers.

"We know that employers are already starting to consider summer employment and if a college student hasn't found a job by mid-May they are probably not going to," said Rebecca Rogers-Tijerino, a senior vice president for temp staffing firm Adecco.

Hiring managers told SnagAJob that 65% of the staff will likely be workers returning from last summer, and 35% will be new employees.

Competition for those jobs will remain fierce, however. To get a leg up, hiring managers said that a positive attitude was the most important attribute in a job candidate, followed by the ability to work within a schedule and previous experience.

The survey also asked firms to share some of their best advice. Among the comments: "communicate what you can contribute to the job," "Do your own research on the prospective employer" and "remove piercings/hide tattoos." To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed4.30%4.25%
15 yr fixed3.29%3.32%
5/1 ARM3.45%3.63%
30 yr refi4.27%4.20%
15 yr refi3.26%3.24%
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,090.87 -22.67 -0.13%
Nasdaq 4,476.18 20.16 0.45%
S&P 500 1,987.95 4.42 0.22%
Treasuries 2.46 -0.01 -0.32%
Data as of 12:10pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Apple Inc 97.59 2.87 3.03%
Microsoft Corp 45.37 0.54 1.20%
Facebook Inc 70.53 1.26 1.82%
Juniper Networks Inc... 22.38 -2.43 -9.81%
Bank of America Corp... 15.60 0.08 0.48%
Data as of 11:55am ET

Sections

These cars and trucks topped J.D. Power's APEAL survey, which measures how much owners like their new vehicles. More

Corporate inversions are on the rise. A U.S. company can greatly lower its tax bill by merging with a foreign firm and legally moving its headquarters abroad. Lawmakers from both parties are unhappy with the trend and want to change the rules. In the meantime, some are saying the move is unpatriotic. More

As 65,000 IDF reservists are tapped to serve in Gaza, Israeli's tech community tries to maintain business as usual, amidst bombs, sirens and employees called to war. More

Court documents show big support from Detroit employees and retirees for a turnaround plan that should help the city emerge quickly from bankruptcy. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.