UPS Will Hire More Than 100K Seasonal Workers

Sep 9, 2020

UPS is gearing up for its annual holiday season hiring spree.

The shipper announced Tuesday it plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees for full- and part-time positions.

Most of the positions are package handlers, drivers, "driver-helpers" and personal vehicle drivers.

Over the last three years, about 35% of people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and about 123,000 UPS employees – nearly a third of the company’s U.S. workforce – started in seasonal positions.

UPS didn’t announce how many seasonal workers would be hired in Jacksonville. A check of the UPS jobs site on Tuesday afternoon showed seven current openings.

Among the benefits UPS offers for part-time workers is Earn and Learn, which offers up to $25,000 in tuition assistance.

UPS didn’t announce whether it expects a larger-than-usual increase in deliveries during the holiday season, but Digital Commerce 360 reported Tuesday that web traffic has jumped an average 125% on top retail sites during the pandemic.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.