UPS expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2020. That’s enough people to populate a city the size of Albany, N.Y.
“We expect another record Peak season this year, with daily package deliveries nearly doubling compared to our average of 20 million per day. In order to make that happen, once again we’re recruiting about 100,000 people for some of the country’s best seasonal jobs.”
Jim Barber, chief operating officer
Seasonal Work at UPS Can Lead to Permanent Employment
The full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS.
Many senior UPS executives, including Chairman and CEO David Abney and other members of the company’s senior leadership team, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.
Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and nearly a third of our current U.S. workforce started in seasonal positions.
That’s important to many. Nearly 70% want their seasonal job to turn into a full-time position, according to a recent survey of Americans who hold, have held or would consider taking a seasonal job. And nearly all (90%) agreed that seasonal and temporary jobs are a good way to move into a permanent, full-time career.
Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible seasonal employees who are students can earn up to $1,300 towards college expenses, in addition to their hourly pay, for three months of continuous employment.
In many cities across the country, a portion of the seasonal hires are needed to staff temporary facilities that UPS builds just for the seasonal shipping rush, in addition to its permanent package hubs.
Many applicants will be looking to put the earnings from their seasonal job toward catching up on bills (57%) or simply earning extra income (44%), according to the recent survey. Over 40% would use the money for holiday gifts. And over 20% would use it for college or professional school expenses.
Do you think UPS will have enough workers this year for the holiday season to run smoothly?
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