With more workers vying for summer jobs this year, those looking for seasonal employment need to prepare for a challenging job market.

Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, in line with last year’s findings, but the competition for those jobs will be stiffer than in years past due to high unemployment and a tough economy. This is according to CareerBuilder’s Annual Summer Job Forecast.

Those that land summer jobs may have a chance to parlay their roles into year-round positions. More than half (56 per cent) of companies reported that they would consider summer recruits for permanent placement within their organizations.

When it comes to paycheques, nearly eight-in-ten (77 per cent) hiring managers will offer the same pay to seasonal workers this year as they did last year, while nine per cent will offer more.