NEW YORK — UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 workers to help handle the holiday rush this season, consistent with hiring the previous two years.
Holiday season volumes typically begin to increase in October and remain high through January. While online shopping has slowed since the height of the pandemic, it’s still well above historical norms.
UPS announced on Wednesday that there will be job openings for full-time and part-time seasonal positions, primarily package handlers, drivers and driver helpers. UPS promotes seasonal jobs as positions that can lead to year-round employment. In recent years, according to UPS, about 35% of people hired for seasonal package-handling jobs go on to permanent positions.
Seasonal drivers with UPS start at $21 per hour, with tractor-trailer drivers earning up to $35 per hour. The starting salary for a package handler can range from $15 to $21 per hour.
The company continues to streamline its hiring process, and most hires take just 25 minutes — from filling out an online application to receiving an offer, according to Danelle McCusker Rees, president of people relations at UPS. That’s five minutes less than last year.
Rees started at UPS as a seasonal worker.
The job market remains just as competitive as it was last year, Rees said in an interview this week with The Associated Press.
Employers added 315,000 jobs in August, which economists expected, compared with an average of 487,000 per month over the past year, according to a government report last week.
The jobless rate hit 3.7%, its highest level since February. But it rose for a healthy reason: Hundreds of thousands of people returned to the labor market, and some didn’t find work right away, driving up the number of government unemployed.
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