2018 HOLIDAY HIRING ROUNDUP
Major companies are starting to announce their holiday/seasonal hiring, so we thought we’d give you the rundown all in one place.
UPS expects to hire around 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2019, according to Jim Barber, chief operating officer at UPS.
FedEx is planning on bringing 55,000 workers and increase hours for some existing employees for the holiday season as the U.S. package delivery company prepares to cater to an expected jump in shipments due to online shopping boom.
Both shippers took care to emphasize that many seasonal positions turn into full-time jobs.
Target plans to hire 120,000 temp employees for the holiday season, 20% more than it did last year. To lure workers, the company is offering a 10% discount at all Target stores and at Target.com, an additional 20% off produce, and the opportunity for extra pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The company is also planning on giving one employee at each of its more than 1,800 stores and 39 distribution centers a $500 gift card and an extra $500 to give away to a local organization.
Amazon has announced that they will be opening up more than 100,000+ positions for the season and plans to transition “thousands” of those to full-time jobs. The retail giant announced a minimum wage bump to $15 per hour starting November 1 — just in time for its seasonal employees to arrive.
Kohl’s plans to hire 90,000 seasonal associates to staff its 1,100 stores, nine distribution centers, five e-commerce fulfillment centers and credit centers. In trying to lure workers, the company offered an “unprecedented 35% discount” on merchandise during “the heart of the season” along with an immediate 15% discount.
Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s
The 80,000 seasonal employees at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s this season could serve a variety of functions. About 23,500 of them will work in distributions centers, 1,500 will help customers over the phone, and about 1,000 more will assist in Macy’s extravagant holiday events around the country. The openings are at both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores. Seasonal workers will also receive employee discounts.
Gap Inc. is bringing in 65,000 seasonal associates to its Banana Republic, Athleta, Old Navy and Gap brands as well as its call centers and distribution centers. Last year, Gap logged an 8% top-line sales increase during the fourth quarter and pushed its same-store sales up by 5%.
Walmart isn’t planning on hiring extra employees, just offering extra hours during the holidays, which is the same approach they took last two years.