Here are a few major employers who have said they’re hiring holiday workers so far.
The roles are mainly for package handlers, drivers, and driver helpers, which assist drivers on delivery routes.
“This is the tightest hiring market we’ve ever seen,” said UPS spokesperson Dan McMackin. UPS is adjusting by raising hourly pay in some markets, with roles starting at $15 an hour, and offering sign-on bonuses to hire seasonal employees.
The company is also speeding up application times for holiday hires. In the past, job candidates had to wait up to two weeks to receive an offer. This year, UPS is pledging offers for many roles within 30 minutes.
United States Postal Service
The Postal Service is looking for mail carriers, mail handlers and drivers in cities and rural areas. It is holding around 60 job fairs around the country where candidates can apply, more events than the agency usually holds.
The Postal Service typically adds seasonal staff, although the number varies by year, agency spokesperson David Partenheimer said in an email.
New for this year: Kohl’s workers will be eligible to receive a bonus ranging from $100 to $400 for working through the holiday stretch.
Michaels said in an announcement last month that it offers competitive wages, flexible hours and a 30% discount to seasonal workers. Last year, Michaels hired more than half of seasonal in-store workers into permanent roles.
The floral delivery retailer will bring on 10,000 employees to deliver food and gifts to customers from its brands, including Harry & David and Cheryl’s Cookies.
It’s looking to fill full-time and part-time positions in “key high-volume areas” such as gift assembly. The majority of roles are in Illinois, Ohio and Oregon.
The company is offering bonuses and increased pay for returning hires, said Steve Lightman, the company’s group president of gourmet foods and gift baskets, in an email.
These moves are “on par with last year,” Lightman said, and the company is exploring other incentives such as product giveaways and raffles to attract workers.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
Ollie’s is hiring for store and warehouse positions.
The retailer is not offering any new incentives to attract workers this year, the spokesperson said, but has started holding in-person hiring events for the first time to reach a broader pool of applicants.