Companies nationwide are stepping up their summer hiring.
Forty-one percent of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, a significant jump from 29% last year.
Of those who are hiring summer workers, 34% are hiring a friend, 30% a family member, and 19% their child.
The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder between Feb. 16 to March 9, 2017, and included representative samples of 2,587 full-time employers (of which 2,380 are in the private sector) and 3,420 full-time workers across industries and company sizes.
Not all summer hiring is for temporary jobs. A large majority of employers hiring this summer (79%) say they will consider some summer hires for permanent positions—up from 76% last year.
A Look at Who’s Hiring This Summer
Employers hiring seasonal workers this summer by company size:
- Companies with 50 or fewer employees—28% are hiring summer workers, compared to 23% last year.
- Companies with 250 or fewer employees—37%, compared to 27% last year.
- Companies with more than 500 employees—45%, compared to 31% last year.
Employers hiring seasonal workers, comparing the ten most populous cities:
New York: 58%
Los Angeles: 45%
Washington DC1: 46%
Summer Pay Is Heating Up
More than three in four employers doing summer hiring (79%) will pay their summer hires or interns $10 or more per hour on average—up from 74% in 2016. One in five employers (19%) plan to pay $20 or more per hour.
More than three-fourths of employers hiring for the summer (76%) plan to offer their seasonal workers pay increases if they work with their organization for more than one summer.
Types of Jobs Available
Although summer jobs are commonly associated with recreation and outdoor work, many employers whose companies are hiring for the summer say they are hiring for a variety of professional and support positions, including:
- Engineering: 27%
- IT: 27%
- Customer service: 22%
- Office support: 19%
- Sales: 15%
- Manufacturing: 12%
- Banking: 11%
- Retail: 9%
- Research: 9%
- Hospitality/leisure: 8%
Weirdest Summer Jobs
While lots of people find work as lifeguards or camp counselors, many go off the beaten path to find their summer paychecks. When asked about the most unusual summer job they have ever had, employees said:
- Being a theme park ride tester
- Wrangling alpacas
- Tagging turtles on a Florida beach
- Being a carnivore keeper at a big cat rescue center
- Getting bitten by mosquitoes for pay
- Setting headstones onto grave sites
- Picking up cigarette butts at an arcade
- Delivering telegrams dressed as Groucho Marx
- Flipping college dorm rooms into hotel-like suites for a business conference
- Arranging butterflies to be sold to collectors