By Daniel Hunter

Employers’ hiring plans are heating up for the summer, according to the summer hiring forecast from CareerBuilder.co.uk.

Almost four in 10 (39%) plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, and 81% of those employers will be considering summer staff for permanent positions.

“Although the jobs recovery has been slow, our findings show ample opportunities for those looking for seasonal work,” said Scott Helmes, Managing Director at CareerBuilder UK.

“Seasonal work can be a great gateway to long-term employment. Not only are many employers open to bringing summer hires on for permanent positions, but seasonal work is also an excellent way to gain new skills and experience and connect with people who could be great references later on.”

The nationwide survey was conducted on more than 400 employers to get a pulse on their seasonal hiring plans.

The most popular positions for seasonal jobs include customer service (36%) and office support (32%). Other popular positions for which employers will be hiring include:

- Information technology (29%)
- Engineering (19%)
- Construction/painting (18%)
- Manufacturing (17%)
- Hospitality/leisure (18%)
- Sales (28%)
- Research (17%)
- Restaurant/food service (13%)