Looking for a holiday job? UPS announced on Tuesday that it will hire up to 95,000 seasonal employees to help with deliveries and shipping during the upcoming holiday season.
According to the Hartford Courant, UPS hopes that by hiring more help, it will avoid past holiday shipping issues. In 2013 and 2014, millions of packages arrived after Christmas due to an increase in online ordering and bad weather.
Breaking news! UPS just annouced its plan to hire 90-95k people this holiday season! Learn more and apply today
— UPS Jobs (@UPSjobs) September 15, 2015
Many retailers offer last-minute deals and promise delivery in time for the holidays, causing big issues for not only UPS, but the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx as well. UPS hopes to remedy this problem by hiring more help and contacting retailers to get an estimate of how many orders they expect to ship during the holiday season.
If you are interested in working either a full-time or part-time holiday position with UPS, there are positions open for package handlers, drivers, and drivers-helpers. According to UPS, there are both full-time and part-time positions available and some may turn into permanent jobs.
The holiday jobs will last from November through January at locations across the U.S. Starting pay will be approximately $10.10 an hour for most jobs, but the company will be paying as much as $30 per hour for drivers.
To apply, go to the seasonal jobs section on UPS.com. Select the state, or multiple states, that you wish to work in using the pull-down menu. This will open a list of current job openings in the state or states you choose. Click on the job you are interested in for details including hours, duties, and pay information.
All applications much be completed online. Click on the “apply” button next to the job you select, create an applicant account, and complete your application.
In addition to hiring seasonal help for the upcoming holiday season, UPS is making sure the company prepares for an a massive increase in online sales in the coming years. According to US News and World Report, the company expects online sales in the U.S. to “almost double” by 2020. UPS is currently investing $1 billion in their facilities and equipment, and will continue to hire more staff, both seasonal and permanent.
In other holiday hiring news, Bloomberg reports that Target will be hiring 70,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season. UPS’ competitor, FedEx has yet to reveal its hiring plans for the holidays and Wal-Mart, which hired approximately 60,000 holiday workers last year, has not released the number of employees they will hire this season.
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