Seasonal jobs hiring now
Companies are hiring now for holiday jobs—and they’re offering more perks than ever before.
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays on the jobs front, as seasonal jobs are popping up at many companies nationwide.
While some companies like Kohl’s got a head start on seasonal employment back in July, it’s now full-speed ahead as more and more retailers, e-commerce, and logistics companies announce their holiday hiring plans. Executive outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas has already tallied 241,000 seasonal jobs on the market. As more major seasonal employers make their announcements, those numbers are expected to rise.
The National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics estimates that holiday retail sales in November and December will grow between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018 for a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion. All that spending money will be divided into three categories: gifts for family, friends, and co-workers; non-gift holiday items such as candy and food, decorations, greeting cards, and flowers; and other non-gift purchases that take advantage of seasonal sale prices. NRF expects retailers to hire between 530,000 and 590,000 temporary workers, which compares with 554,000 in 2018.
Despite a strong economy, not everyone is convinced hiring will increase in the retail-store sector this season. "These holiday jobs seem to be appearing in transportation and warehousing, as retailers rely more and more on fulfillment centers,” said Andrew Challenger, vice president of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. That sentiment was echoed by Greg Dyer, president of commercial staffing at Randstad: “This holiday season will see increased hiring in a wide variety of job types, with a majority in light industrial and warehouse support.”
The plus side, however, is that many employers have increased their hourly rates—some starting at $14 an hour—for seasonal work and are offering discounts and other perks.
Check our list below of the companies that have already announced their seasonal hiring plans—and be sure to check back often, as we’ll be updating this list periodically throughout the remainder of the year.
1-800-FLOWERS announced plans to hire more than 8,000 full- and part-time workers across its gourmet food brands Harry & David, Cheryl’s Cookies, and The Popcorn Factory. Mostly based in Illinois, Ohio, and Oregon, these roles will be filled in production, gift assembly, retail stores, call centers, and distribution and fulfillment centers. The company says seasonal workers may be considered for permanent positions once the holidays are over.
Best Buy is hiring thousands to work in its stores for the holiday season including customer experience specialists, retail customer service, and sales and consumer electronic customer service specialist positions.
Gap is hiring seasonal workers for in-store, distribution center, and call-center customer service positions. Gap employees receive a 50% discount at all Gap brands (Gap, Gap Factory, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory, Old Navy, Athleta, and Janie and Jack), wellness offerings, flexible schedules, and career growth opportunities.
The retail giant announced plans to hire 37,000 seasonal associates for a variety of positions in their approximately 850 stores and at their online facilities and customer care centers. Jobs include cashiers, replenishment specialists, Sephora inside JCPenney, beauty consultants, and more. Associates will receive a shopping discount, and the company will offer prize packages as a way to attract and retain associates.
Koh's kicked off the seasonal hiring season back in July when they announced Kohl's plans to hire 90,000 employees across its 1,100+ stores, nine distribution centers, and five e-commerce fulfillment centers. Store associates are offered a 15% discount and flexible scheduling, and material handlers at distribution centers are offered a free on-site health center, paid breaks, and weekly paychecks.
Macy's plans to hire about 80,000 seasonal workers ahead of this year's holiday season, starting with about 1,000 new workers supporting the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and other holiday events. Many of the new hires will work at the company's fulfillment centers and will get 20% discounts on merchandise—and may be considered for full time positions after the holidays.
Party City plans to hire approximately 25,000 temporary employees and open up approximately 275 Halloween City pop-up stores in preparation for a busy Halloween season. The company expects to retain about 10 percent of these employees following the Halloween season.
The biggest seasonal hiring push at the company to date, Target announced plans to hire approximately 125,000 in-store workers, as well as another 8,000 in fulfillment at 39 locations across the country. Seasonal workers can expect to start at $13 an hour, a 10% discount plus an additional 20% wellness discount off produce and fitness gear, holiday pay for working on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and flexible scheduling.
UPS announced expectations to hire about 100,000 full- and part-time seasonal workers from November 2019 to January 2020. Seasonal pay will start at $14 an hour, with truck drivers earning up to $30 an hour. Want to stay on longer? Over the last three years, 35% of the company’s seasonal hires were moved into permanent positions after the holidays.
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