SOURCE: Snagajob

April 02, 2014 09:00 ET

Snagajob's 2014 Summer Hiring Survey Reveals Positive Employment Outlook in Hot Seasonal Job Sectors: Retail, Hospitality and Food Service

Average Hourly Pay Across Industries Expected to Be More Than the Proposed National Minimum Wage Increase to $10.10 per Hour

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2014) - Snagajob, America's largest hourly employment marketplace for job seekers and employers, today announced results from its 2014 Summer Hiring Survey of 250 employers responsible for hiring hourly employees in the retail, hospitality and food service industries. Thirty-nine percent of the respondents represent large companies of more than 500 workers and 36 percent were from small businesses of less than 50 employees.

If 2013 is any indication, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old will increase by more than two million between April and May this year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Here is what people can expect as they seek out summer employment:

Summer Wages will Surpass Obama's Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

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

Majority of Employers Looking to Hire:

  • Seventy-four percent of employers anticipate hiring summer workers this year and, of those, only 14 percent anticipate hiring a fewer number of employees than last summer
  • On average, employers expect to hire 25 summer workers, of which 78 percent will be new workers that are not returning from a prior season
  • Among employers not planning on hiring summer workers, the number one reason is they expect current staff to carry any additional workload

Start Searching Early:

  • Seventy-four percent of employers who plan to hire summer workers expect to have those positions filled by the end of May; seven percent have already filled summer positions
  • When asked about anticipated applicant volume in 2014 versus 2013, 58 percent of employers expect volume to be about the same as last year and 33 percent expect it to be greater than last year

Positive People Have a Leg-up:

  • 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
  • The ability to work the daily schedule needed was most important to 25 percent of employers
  • Seventeen percent of employers name experience as the top requirement, and 16 percent say a commitment to stay all summer is most important

Location Matters:

  • On average, workers in the Western part of the country 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

With over 300,000 job postings available at any one time on Snagajob, job seekers can search for specific jobs by title, industry or company and filter their results by specific locations. Seekers can also opt into daily job alert emails, increasing the opportunities employers have to get their active job postings in front of motivated job seekers.

About Snagajob
Snagajob, America's largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers, is the only company solely dedicated to providing recruitment and hiring solutions to the hourly industry. With more than 50 million registered job seekers and the leading hourly-focused talent management system, Snagajob has been serving hourly workers and those who employ them since 2000. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Snagajob has been named to both Fortune Magazine's Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 for the past five years. To find out more, visit and