UPS, re­tail­ers to hire thou­sands of temps for hol­i­days

Em­ploy­ers get­ting se­ri­ous about fill­ing sea­sonal jobs

- Charisse Jones @charis­se­jones USA TO­DAY

The hol­i­days are barely in sight, but sea­sonal hir­ing is about to go into high gear.

Whether it’s deal­ing with throngs of shop­pers or de­liv­er­ing pack­ages to thou­sands of homes, those busi­nesses that ramp up at the end of the year are talk­ing big num­bers when it comes to jobs.

United Par­cel Ser­vice. The pack­age de­liv­ery gi­ant said Wed­nes­day it plans to bring roughly 95,000 work­ers on board to han­dle and help de­liver all the toys, trin­kets and other pack­ages that will start ship­ping in Novem­ber and on into the new year.

Toys R Us. The toy re­tail chain says it is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to fill thou­sands of part-time po­si­tions at its stores and dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Ad­di­tion­ally, it will hold two na­tional hir­ing days at those lo­ca­tions Oct. 10 and Nov. 11.

Tar­get. The mass mer­chan­diser says it plans to hire 70,000 hol­i­day work­ers for its stores and 7,500 sea­sonal work­ers to help in its dis­tri­bu­tion and ful­fill­ment cen­ters. For the first time, Tar­get will have hir­ing events at all its stores Oct. 14-15.

With the na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate at 4.9%, em­ploy­ers will be watch­ing ner­vously to see if they can fill those slots.

“There’s not a bet­ter time to be part of our com­pany,” Tim Grace, global chief tal­ent of­fi­cer with Toys ‘R’ Us, said in a state­ment.

“We’re ready to kick off our an­nual hol­i­day hir­ing process and need lots of great peo­ple for var­i­ous po­si­tions on all shifts across the coun­try,” My­ron Gray, presi- dent of UPS’ U.S. Op­er­a­tions, said in a state­ment.

Many of the jobs will en­tail driv­ing or han­dling pack­ages and will be both part-time and full­time. UPS of­fi­cials noted the sea­sonal jobs could lead to per­ma­nent op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“For many it’s an op­por­tu­nity to earn some ex­tra cash for the hol­i­days,” UPS CEO David Ab­ney said in the state­ment. “But ... it can also be a gate­way to a ca­reer.”

Ab­ney started at the pack­age de­liv­ery com­pany, load­ing trucks part time, as a col­lege stu­dent.


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