LET THE SUMMER HIRING BEGIN!

nina | May 23rd, 2012 - 9:00 am

The heat is already on for summer seasonal hiring, as quick-serve managers are hiring summer help earlier in the year to have their pick of top-shelf applicants.

Snagajob, a Richmond, Virginia–based hourly employment network, released its annual summer job survey in March. The report found that 23 percent of summer positions will be filled by the end of April, while 79 percent will be filled by the end of May.

During the recession, restaurants knew there was a qualified pool of applicants they could tap into at any time. Many waited to hire until they were confident they’d have enough summer business to justify the headcount.

Now, however, with a stronger economy making operators more optimistic for summer traffic, they’re no longer waiting to fill positions.

They’re hiring earlier this year, and that shows they feel like they have to hire sooner to get quality hires.

There is a new program, Summer Jobs+, announced by The White House in January.   This program aims to increase employment opportunities for young people during the summer, and hopes to add 180,000 jobs through public-private partnerships.  Many rstaurants are jumping onthe band wagon with this program.  Many national chains holding early summer job fairs.

About 23 percent of summer positions will be filled by the end of April, while 79 percent will be filled by the end of May.

Surveys show 10 percent of hiring managers will hire more summer seasonal help this year than they did last year, while 30 percent intend to hire at the same level.

As the recovery continues, business has improved dramatically, so restaurants are staffing above and beyond what they normally would for the summer.

 About 25 percent of hires are found online, with the rest found through more traditional methods, like college campus outreach, in-store recruiting, and open houses.

There’s less competition from older, more experienced workers going into the summer market out of desperation.  However, the average pay remains about the same as last summer’s, at $10.90 an hour. The market is a little tighter, but not tight enough owners feel they need to pay more.

A new report released by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) in Washington, D.C., says restaurants have added more than 200,00 new jobs in the past six months. In fact, job growth in the restaurant industry has outpaced the economy, although the industry has yet to hit pre-recession levels.  The NRA, says the organization expects 2012 summer jobs to match last year’s more than 400,000 positions, and possibly more.

There are almost 13 million individuals employed in the industry now … so the industry is an important jobs generator in the national economic infrastructure.

Source:  QSR.com 4.23.12

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