Latest Report from Snagajob Also Shows Increased Support of Raising Minimum Wage

Arlington, Va. – August 1, 2016 – More than half of hourly workers want to work at least 36 hours a week with a vast majority saying they are open to working multiple jobs to get more shifts, according to a survey released by Snagajob, America’s largest and fastest growing hourly employment marketplace.

The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 hourly job seekers in the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries, also showed that nearly 94 percent of hourly workers are in favor of raising minimum wage, which is up from 84 percent who thought it should be raised in 2014.

Regarding sentiments on hourly work, more than two-thirds of respondents feel optimistic about their career path, which is up six percent from 2014. Additionally, 33 percent view their hourly job simply as a way to pay the bills while pursuing other interests; this is down from 36 percent in 2014. Yet, almost a third are making less than they spend and continue to grow in debt each month.

“Understanding how hourly workers feel about their work is the key to a successful hourly job marketplace,” says Peter Harrison, CEO of Snagajob. “With a low national unemployment rate and steadily declining labor participation rate, it is a job seeker’s market. Their desire for more hours and more pay is indicative of a shrinking candidate pool and more competitive landscape. With this knowledge, and other data found in our survey, hourly employers can develop employee recruitment and retainment strategies that create happier, more fulfilled employees, ultimately making them more productive.”  

Other key 2016 survey findings include:

  • The top two factors when considering a job are enough hours and pay. Close to 65 percent of respondents prioritized hours, which is up nearly 60 percent from last year;
  • Almost 72 percent of hourly employee respondents use a mobile phone to find and apply for jobs. In fact, mobile traffic to Snagajob is quickly outpacing desktop traffic with nearly half of all job applications submitted through the platform coming through mobile devices.  
  • Most respondents want improved communications during the job search process. More than half (54.6 percent) indicate that not getting a response from an employer is the most frustrating part of the application process.
  • Nearly nine out of 10 hourly worker respondents feel they have time to actually pursue their personal interests while working.
  • Almost half of the respondents expect to be at their next job for less than three years.

These findings and more trends are included in the full 2016 State of the Hourly Worker Survey prepared by Snagajob. The data was collected via an online survey of more than 1,000 full- and part-time hourly wage earners during a one-week period.

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About Snagajob

With over 70 million current members and one million new members every 35 days, Snagajob is America’s #1 spot for hourly work—creating instant and quality connections between hourly workers and hourly employers to secure a job in minutes. We partner with half of the brands on the Fortune 1000 list and offer mobile solutions for every stage of the hiring process, from finding a job, to onboarding, to workforce management. Since 2000, our mission has been to put people in the right fit-positions so they can maximize their potential and live more fulfilling lives across a variety of industries, including restaurant, retail, hospitality and healthcare. For more information, visit snagajob.com or follow us @snagajobworks.