During busy seasons, retailers often welcome extra help to assist year-round staff. As an added benefit, enterprises may be able to present underemployed individuals or younger people looking for a first job with valuable income and experience. Summer is among the times of the year businesses make many of their seasonal hires, and to properly manage the influx of new workers they may need to use payroll software. Handling accounts payable with manual spreadsheets is risky, as there is a greater chance that critical errors could occur. Conversely, using tools like small business payroll software helps business owners ensure that all employees are getting paid in a timely and accurate manner. Especially during seasons such as summer, suddenly needing to pay a slew of new faces can be difficult, but payroll technology makes it simple.
Summer hiring is having a comeback
While bringing on more staff in the summer has long been the standard for many businesses in the United States, many companies that needed to cut back during the recession were not able to do so in the past several years. Now, according to a survey commissioned by employment network Snagajob, many businesses plan to resume the practice.
The report noted that hiring managers plan to add an average 30 workers to their payrolls this summer, up by 3 from 2012. The number of supervisors intent on making zero extra hires in the summer dropped by 14 percent year to year, down to 31 percent from 45 percent. In addition, 33 percent of respondents believe that it will be easy for teens to find jobs this summer, a slight improvement over 2012's figures of 29 percent.
"The economy has added jobs for the past four consecutive months, and it appears that hiring managers see that growth continuing into the summer," said Jason Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Snagajob. "Companies that are hiring are expecting to bring on more staff and offer higher wages, so this should be the best summer for hourly workers we've seen in several years."
This is excellent news for young job seekers. The Huffington Post reported that last year, an analysis of The Census Bureau Current Population Survey data from June to August 2011 by Northeastern's Center for Labor Market Studies found that only 29.6 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds were employed during the summer of 2011, while in 1978, about 60 percent held seasonal positions. Close to 2 million of these teens, often in low-income brackets, spent that summer unemployed in 2011.
As economic conditions improve and business owners plan to extend offers to temporary workers, payroll software could help the process go smoothly.