UPS expects to hire over 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in October 2020 and continue through January 2021.
“We’re preparing for a record peak holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our services more important than ever,” said Charlene Thomas, Chief Human Resources Officer.
“We plan to hire over 100,000 people for UPS’s seasonal jobs, and anticipate a large number will move into permanent roles after the holidays. At a time when millions of Americans are looking for work, these jobs are an opportunity to start a new career with UPS,” added Thomas.
The company is filling full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers, driver-helpers, and personal vehicle drivers – by offering competitive wages across multiple shifts in thousands of locations across the country.
Over the last three years, about 35% of people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and about 123,000 UPS employees – nearly a third of the company’s U.S. workforce – started in seasonal positions.
UPS Surcharges For Big Shippers
UPS is also adding additional surcharges for big shippers during this time to offset the costs associated with the expected unusual increase in demand this year due to COVID-19.
Some large shippers such as Amazon and Target may see surcharges of $3 for ground shipments and $4 for air shipments going to residential addresses.
2020 Holiday Season
The 2020 holiday season will be like no other before as more consumers have already shifted to buying more items online.
Some industry folks believe there could even be a bidding war for warehouse and logistics workers this fall as more companies are expecting a surge in online orders with less in-person shopping.
Long term, it seems some large mall spaces are turning into fulfillment operations as landlords look for ways to overcome retail losses while trying to solve a shortage in urban warehouse space for online commerce operations.