UPS announced on Wednesday that they will hire 100,000 seasonal workers from October through January of this year. This is about the same number of hires that UPS has made over the past two years, but this year, workers will start one month earlier.
‘We’re preparing for a record peak holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our services more important than ever,’ Charlene Thomas, Chief Human Resources Officer said in a press release. ‘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.’
UPS expects to fill both full- and part-time positions. The majority of the hires will be package handlers, drivers, driver-helpers and personal vehicle drivers. Over the past three years, roughly one third of seasonal hires stayed with the company as permanent employees.
UPS says it expects a record peak season this year. The company’s daily parcel volume rose 23% yearly in the second quarter. During that time, UPS hired an extra 40,000 workers. The courier announced peak surcharges in August, which will begin next month and run through January.
The courier FedEx announced earlier this week that they will hire an additional 70,000 workers to accommodate holiday gift deliveries this year. Last year, FedEx hired 55,000 workers.
According to the Commerce Department, e-commerce spending rose 37% during the second quarter, to $200 billion. Fear of the coronavirus is keeping people out of stores, and driving them to online retail.