United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is looking to employ 100,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming holiday season. At thousands of locations across the country, the company will be looking for package handlers, drivers, and driver-helpers for full- and part-time shifts. UPS had the same seasonal hiring goal last year and the company says it slightly exceeded that number.
This year, UPS is offering its seasonal hires more money, paying between $14 and $30 an hour, depending on the job and the shift. Seasonal workers will also be eligible to participate in the company’s Earn and Learn program, which allows seasonal employees who are students to earn up to $1,300 toward college expenses for working three continuous months. This is in addition to their hourly pay. The program provides up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement and a lifetime max of $25,000 for permanent UPS employees.
The newly-hired employees are needed to support an anticipated annual increase in package volume. The increased volume is expected to begin as early as November and last until January of 2020. UPS is expected to provide holiday shipping projections during its Q3 earnings call October 23rd. In 2017, the company delivered 762 million packages during the peak season.
Some of seasonal hires may stay on as full-time employees after the holiday season has ended. According to UPS, nearly a third of current U.S. employees started in seasonal positions. The company says that over the last three years, 35 percent of those hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired on for full-time positions. UPS currently employs about 380,000 people in the United States.