UPS announces recruitment drive to cope with peak season

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UPS has announced it will hire around 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2020.

“We expect another record peak season this year, with daily package deliveries nearly doubling compared with our average of 20 million per day,” said Jim Barber, chief operating officer. “In order to make that happen, once again we’re recruiting about 100,000 people for some of the country’s best seasonal jobs.”

The full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including chairman and CEO David Abney and other members of the company’s senior leadership team, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

Over the last three years, 35% of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and nearly one-third of the current US workforce started in seasonal positions.

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