Instead of letting customers decide how much to tip, restaurants are increasingly adding a standard “service charge” to customer bills, so servers can count on making more money. , said Mr. Hamilton. Eighteen per cent is common, he said, with the option for customers to increase the amount – but it cannot go lower. Other establishments offer free meals during or after the worker’s shift, or even give out gas cards to help workers cover travel costs to work.
“It’s a very hot market,” Hamilton said, adding that job applicants should be job-ready the day they’re interviewed.
“We are definitely seeing strong demand from employers,” said Vivian Russell, executive director of the True North Youth Program in Telluride, Colorado, a nonprofit group serving teens in the rural southwestern part of the state. . Known for skiing, the area also has a busy summer festival season that attracts tourists as well as seasonal ranch work. Some jobs on ranches and farms pay $18 to $20 an hour, while service jobs can pay $25 to $30 an hour, including tips. True North helps students develop resumes, interview training, workplace etiquette, and other job search skills.
Brenda Gutierrez Ruiz, 20, a student at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, said she was hired for the summer as a youth services specialist at the Telluride Public Library. She said she worked as a library assistant while in high school, earning $12 an hour, but would now earn $21 an hour. “I worked my way up,” she says.
Summer camps, which were often closed in 2020 and began to reopen last year, are hiring counselors, said Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association. Many camps pay contract bonuses to counselors who stay on all summer, he said.
The camp group promotes summer camp employment as a welcome antidote to remote classroom work, which many students have endured during the pandemic shutdowns, as well as a way to learn skills in management. Mr Rosenberg noted that he had worked as a camp counselor as a teenager and by the age of 19 was overseeing a team of 16 staff and “72 energetic seventh graders”. Advisers get experience, he said, but they also “have a lot of fun.”
Students from lower-income families tend to have lower summer work rates than those from more affluent backgrounds, in part because there are often fewer opportunities where they live and because their parents may not have access to social networks that can help their children find jobs, says Modestino. They may have difficulty finding transportation to get to work if the job involves long commutes.