With the holidays approaching many companies are preparing to hire additional employees this year. Several factors favor a strong shopping season this year. With the economy surging upward, unemployment rates falling, and stock markets at record highs, people are more confident about spending, which encourages stores to hire.
People looking to make a few extra dollars for holiday shopping won’t have to look far with the many businesses taking on new employees for the season. So, just who is hiring this year? Here is a list of some of the top employers bringing on seasonal employees in anticipation of holiday shopping.
Amazon announced that it would be hiring approximately 120,000 workers for the holidays. This number is about double its workforce in the U.S. for the holidays. The positions will range from warehouse packers to customer service representatives to shippers. Dave Clark, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment, stated,
“We look forward to welcoming back holiday employees who return year-after-year to Amazon and welcome new faces to the team, many of whom will continue on with regular, full-time roles with the company after the holidays.”
Amazon fulfillment centers are located throughout the United States and hiring is anticipated in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Target is one of the top places for shopping around the holidays. Known for their great deals during the holidays, Target is set to hire over 100,000 employees. These seasonal employees will serve as team members for their 1,816 stores in the United States. On top of that, the Target distribution center will take on an additional 4,500 seasonal members to help assist with the warehouse activities.
“Target has made significant investments in our business throughout 2017, and our commitment to hire 100,000 team members for the holidays will make shopping at Target even easier and more fun during one of the busiest times of the year.
Target team members play such an important role in helping guests as they prepare to celebrate the holidays with their families. As always, we will provide our seasonal team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills, and offer great benefits, including a variety of schedules and team member discounts,” stated the chief stores officer at Target, Janna Potts.
UPS always hires around the holidays since many people mail packages to their loved ones. The UPS plans to bring on approximately 95,000 seasonal employees, which is what they hired last year. Most workers will be either directly handling packages or assisting the drivers. Many seasonal employees will go on to a permanent position.
The department store is planning to bring on 40,000 workers for the holidays at locations across the United States. Several different jobs will be available with an opportunity for a full-time position after the holidays are over. Seasonal workers at the JCPenney retailer get an added 25% off their purchases during the holidays, which is sure to be an added boost.
As the economy continues to surge, businesses can look forward to a profitable holiday season and people can expect work to be plentiful.