Holiday hiring is up for 2018. So far, companies have announced that they plan to fill more than 700,000 seasonal jobs this year, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That’s up from about 614,000 seasonal jobs last year.
Companies like Kohl’s, Target, UPS, and FedEx all plan to boost hiring over last year’s levels. And with low unemployment, employers are having to sweeten the pot to attract workers. Amazon, for example, said it will pay all workers $15 an hour as of November 1, including part-time and seasonal workers.
“The competition for seasonal workers is intense, especially as companies expand their compensation and benefits offerings,” said Andrew Challenger, vice president of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Who’s hiring seasonal workers in 2018?
While some retail stores are struggling, like recently bankrupt Sears, many are betting on soaring consumer confidence and adding thousands of employees for the upcoming holiday season. Here are some of the companies with large numbers of seasonal jobs for 2018:
- Target will hire 120,000 retail workers, up 20% from 2017, as well as 7,500 distribution center employees. Pay for new hires will start at $12 an hour.
- Amazon will hire 100,000 workers. That’s down from 120,000 last year. All jobs will pay at least $15 an hour.
- UPS plans to hire 100,000 package handlers, drivers, and driver helpers. If you’re looking to get a full-time job with the package delivery company, starting around the holidays is a smart move. About one-third of seasonal employees land permanent jobs with UPS.
- Kohl’s announced it would hire 90,000 new employees.
- Macy’s will hire 80,000 seasonal workers in 2018.
- Gap Inc. plans to bring on 65,000 workers to manage the holiday rush in its Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores, as well as at distribution and call centers.
- FedEx has 55,000 seasonal job openings this year.
Michaels, 1-800-Flowers, and L Brands (which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works) are also hiring to fill seasonal job openings.
Why Walmart doesn’t have any seasonal job openings
One big American company hasn’t announced any seasonal hiring initiatives: Walmart. America’s largest retail chain and biggest private employer hasn’t had a holiday hiring push for the past several years.
Rather than bring in a bunch of temporary workers, Walmart prefers to fill its seasonal needs by offering its current full- and part-time employees more hours and additional shifts, according to Money. By some estimates, 50% of Walmart’s workforce is part-time, and many of them want extra hours so they can earn more money.
Seasonal jobs don’t have to be traditional retail jobs
If the idea of working traditional retail doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not out of luck. Plenty of other companies have seasonal job openings. FlexJobs pulled together a list of companies that are doing a lot of seasonal hiring, and it includes some employers you might not expect.
Professional services firms like KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers are hiring audit associates and other support professionals in advance of end-of-the-year tax deadlines. Vail Resorts is looking for travel agents and other people to help out during the busy winter ski season. And many companies, like Williams-Sonoma, Working Solutions, Wine.com, and Omaha Steaks, are looking for customer support pros, with some positions even allowing you to work from home.
Radial, an e-commerce company that manages ordering for companies like DSW and GameStop, is also hiring 20,000 people to work in its fulfillment and customer care centers around the U.S.
When to look for a seasonal job
If you’re interested in a seasonal job, the time to start looking is now. Many companies have already started hiring, while others will have hiring events in the next few weeks.
UPS held a nationwide hiring event on October 19. Kohl’s will hold hiring events on October 26 and October 27 at select stores. But even if you missed the big hiring event, you can still apply for jobs online.