UPS to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees for the holiday season

Key Points
  • UPS will hire 100,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shipping rush.
  • 35% of UPS's seasonal hires become permanent employees after the season ends.
  • The company is also offering money for college through its "Earn and Learn" program.
United Parcel Service (UPS) driver pushes a dolly of packages towards a delivery van on a street in New York.
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UPS plans to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees again this year to handle its expected increase in package volume throughout the holiday season, the company announced Monday.

"We expect another record peak season this year, with daily package deliveries nearly doubling compared to our average of 20 million per day," said Jim Barber, UPS's Chief Operating Officer. The company hired the same number of seasonal workers last year.

In 2017 the company delivered 762 million packages during their peak season during the holidays.

The new positions UPS is hiring for are primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers.

UPS says that 35% of the people it hired for seasonal package handler jobs over the last three years were later made permanent employees after the end of the season.

The company also said that nearly a third of its current U.S. workforce started in seasonal positions.

For those still in school, the delivery company is offering its "Earn and Learn" program, which allows seasonal employees to earn up to $1,300 toward college expenses, in addition to their hourly pay. That program is guaranteed for three months of continuous employment.

In cities across the country, a portion of the seasonal hires are needed for temporary facilities that UPS builds just for the seasonal shipping rush, in addition to its permanent packaging hubs.

UPS's stock is up 24.45% year to date.