Summer Hiring: 40% of Employers to Recruit Seasonal Help

Summer is almost here, and that means a major uptick in hiring for seasonal help. Today we’ll look at a survey by Harris Poll® that explores what the summer of 2017 will look like.

The summer job market is upon us and with good news—companies 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 February 16 and 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 jobs are temporary. A large majority of employers hiring this summer (79%) say they will consider some summer hires for permanent positions—up from 76% last year.

Employers Hiring Seasonal Workers This Summer by Company Size

  • Companies with 50 or fewer employees—28%, , 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 10 Most Populous Cities

  • Miami: 66%
  • New York: 58%
  • Los Angeles: 45%
  • Washington, DC: 46%
  • Chicago: 40%
  • Houston: 38%
  • Boston: 33%
  • Dallas: 29%
  • Atlanta: 28%
  • Philadelphia: 21%

Summer Pay is Heating Up

More than three in four employers hiring for the summer (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.
Tomorrow we’ll look at more results from this survey, including types of jobs available and the most unusual summer jobs that will need filling.