UPS To Hire Up to 95,000 Seasonal Employees For Holiday Season

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UPS Starts Hiring for Holidays on Anticipated Surge in Deliveries
United Parcel Service Inc, the world's largest courier company, said it would hire 90,000 to 95,000 seasonal employees ahead of an expected surge in package deliveries through the holiday shopping season. That's nearly double the number hired in 2013 and wages will begin at $10 per hour.

The company said it was adding thousands of new or leased delivery vehicles, trailers, aircraft and portable loading aids for the period, which runs from October and through January.

"We have initial volume forecasts from our customers and are starting the hiring process for our temporary peak season jobs," said John McDevitt, UPS senior vice president of human resources and labor relations. "We have needs throughout the United States and anticipate more applicants this year than in 2013. Individuals who begin employment at UPS during the holiday season have the opportunity to pursue a permanent position afterwards. Seasonal positions provide an excellent entry point for becoming a long-term UPS employee."

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Last year, UPS underestimated the surge in deliveries during the holiday shipping season, which peaked several days later than the company had expected as shopping jumped at offers of free shipping right up until a few days before Christmas. UPS originally planned to hire 55,000 seasonal workers but wound up adding 30,000 more to handle the surge in deliveries, which drove up costs and reduced earnings. To learn more, visit

Even with the additional hiring last year, UPS couldn't handle all the volume, and some last-minute deliveries were delayed until after Christmas.

Since then, UPS has taken several steps to prepare for this year's onslaught of deliveries. This includes making improvements to schedule planning, working more closely with its biggest retail customers, installing temporary mobile sorting and delivery centers, and adding thousands of new or leased delivery vehicles, trailers, aircraft and portable loading aids. It is also adding operating days and shifts.

The company said much of this year's increase in package deliveries will come from online purchases. UPS expects shipments to begin rising in October and remain high through January, as some gifts gets returned or exchanged.

Rival FedEx Corp. declined to comment on its hiring plans. It hired about 20,000 seasonal workers last year.

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