This year's summer hiring season looks to be the brightest in recent years, according to a survey commissioned by Snagajob, the Henrico County-based operator of online job search site Snagajob.com.
The number of hiring managers planning to hire more summer staff this year compared with last year increased to 19 percent from 9 percent, and wages are at their highest level since the survey's inception, the company said.
In a positive downward trend, the number of hiring managers who don't plan to make any summer hires fell from 45 percent in 2012 to 31 percent this year, the company said.
The survey of 1,000 hourly hiring managers was conducted by third-party research firm Ipsos Public Affairs.
It also found that hiring managers expanding their summer payrolls are planning to hire an average of 30 seasonal workers, up from 27 last year.
Hourly wages also are expected to increase for the first time in two years, to $11.50 from $10.90 in 2012.
Prospects for teenagers also are improving.
One in three hiring managers believe it will be "easy" for teens to find a job this year — up 4 percentage points since 2012 and 13 points since 2010.
Similar to past years, the majority of summer hiring will take place in May and April (30 percent and 24 percent, respectively), with 77 percent of all hiring completed by the end of May.