We Counted More Than 500,000 Openings: Here’s Who’s Hiring for the Holidays
As the holidays near, the same companies that you’re browsing through to find gifts and supplies are hiring — in the thousands. And maybe even tens or hundreds of thousands.
Just a short time before Halloween, the number of permanent and seasonal positions needing to be filled in advance of the holidays for the companies we researched is around 515,000.
Seasonal jobs can help you recoup costs related to gift giving or traveling, and they may even blossom into a full-time career. But the fact that many of them are, or can become, permanent extends stability into the new year.
If you’re looking for seasonal work, this all translates to good news. To entice workers, many employers are offering $15 starting wages or higher, sign on bonuses, employee discounts and other interesting benefits.
Here’s a look at who’s hiring for the holidays and how to apply.
Amazon: 150,000 Full-Time, Part-Time and Seasonal Jobs
With more than 1.5 million employees, the second largest corporate workforce in the world, you know Amazon will be hiring many seasonal workers — and they definitely are in 2022. The company will hire 150,000 workers in full-time, seasonal and part-time roles.
Amazon will hire for all backgrounds and experience levels, with positions ranging from packing and picking to sorting and shipping. The company says employees can earn, on average, more than $19 per hour based on the position and location. They are also hosting a warehouse hiring day on October 26 at locations across the country.
Apply: Put in an application on Amazon’s careers page.
Target: 100,000 Seasonal Jobs, With Many Staying on Full-Time
The retail giant plans to hire 100,000 workers to prepare for this holiday season, with in-store and distribution center roles available.
In-store roles include cashiers; general managers; Starbucks baristas; tech, style, grocery and beauty department associates; general merchandise associates; and shelf stockers. Distribution center jobs focus on warehouse workers, packers, fulfillment center and operations workers — all of which need to be able to frequently lift and carry items up to 60 pounds.
Starting wages range between $15 to $24 per hour. Target says, on average, more than 30% of seasonal workers stay on after the holiday season.
Apply: You can apply on Target’s seasonal job site.
UPS: 100,000 Full-Time and Part-Time Seasonal Jobs
UPS is looking to bring on 100,000 seasonal workers as well — a mix of full-time and part-time seasonal jobs.
The best part? Nearly 80% of these positions don’t even require an interview. You can fill out an online application, which takes 25 minutes or less, according to the company. The company is specifically looking for seasonal delivery drivers and truck drivers, package handlers and driver helpers. Outside of driver jobs, which have additional requirements, many of the jobs are entry level.
Most warehouse worker-related positions pay between $15 to $25 per hour, though a full-time UPS driver makes an average of $95,000 per year.
Apply: Visit the UPS jobs site.
Macy’s: 41,000 Full-Time and Part-Time Seasonal Positions
Macy’s Inc. announced in late September that it would be hiring 41,000 full-time and part-time seasonal positions across its Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury stores, supply chain locations, and call centers.
Macy’s offers pay starting at $15 per hour. The company says that nearly one-third of its store leadership started their Macy’s careers during the holiday season.
The application process takes as little as five minutes, and many offers are made within 48 hours.
Apply: You can look for positions at macysJOBS.com, bloomingdalesJOBS.com and bluemercury.com.
Walmart: 40,000 Seasonal Workers
America’s largest employer is hiring only 40,000 seasonal workers in 2022, much lower than the 150,000 workers than brought on last year.
Walmart is looking to hire seasonal in-store associates, as well as those who work for Walmart’s pickup and delivery services. They’re also looking to bring on customer care associates for Walmart’s call centers and full-time truck drivers.
Walmart doesn’t have a company-wide minimum wage, but it says the average U.S. minimum wage is more than $17 per hour.
Apply: Check out Walmart’s job page for seasonal positions in your area.
United States Postal Service: 28,000 Seasonal Workers
USPS says its “aggressive hiring efforts” have continued in 2022, with the government agency seeking to hire 28,000 seasonal employees this holiday season.
Among that number, the postal service says it plans to bring on 1,000 truck drivers, along with letter carriers and processing team members. They also say that 41,000 part-time workers have converted into career roles since the beginning of the year.
The average salary at USPS varies from $17 per hour for mail handlers to $25 per hour for truck drivers to $67,000 per year for supervisors, according to Indeed.
Apply: You can put in an application at USPS.
JCPenney: 22,000 Seasonal Workers
JCPenney rolled out plans in October to hire 22,000 seasonal workers for its nearly 700 stores nationwide.
“These seasonal positions open a world of opportunity to kickstart a career at JCPenney or simply to earn some extra money to help with holiday spending,” said Andre Joyner, chief HR officer at JCPenney.
As of early November, they still have nearly 700 seasonal positions plus more than 3,000 hourly store jobs available across the country.
Apply: Look for your holiday side gig at JCPenney.
Michaels: 15,000 Seasonal Workers
If arts and crafts are your thing, you might enjoy working at Michaels, which is the country’s largest arts, crafts and home decor retailer.
The company announced in September that it would be hiring 15,000 seasonal positions across its stores and distribution centers in the U.S. in Canada in preparation for the holidays. The company says it converted more than 50% of its seasonal workers to full-time positions following the holidays last year.
Apply: You can search and apply online for Michael’s positions in the U.S. and Canada.
DHL: 12,000 Seasonal Workers
The logistics company of DHL Supply Chain is hiring 12,000 workers as part of its preparation for the holiday season.
Of those 12,000, DHL says 9,000 will be placed in the company’s warehouses that cater to its retail and e-commerce customers in anticipation of the higher holiday shopping volumes. During the peak week of last year’s holiday season — Black Friday through December 3 — DHL processed 3 million orders.
Warehouse workers at DHL typically make around $18 per hour, according to Indeed.
Apply: Online at DHL.
Dick’s Sporting Goods: 9,000 Seasonal Associates
The sporting goods corporate chain will be hiring 9,000 seasonal associates in preparation for the holiday season. Their hiring efforts also include positions at Public Lands, Field & Stream and Going, Going, Gone! stores across the country.
Dick’s is looking for employees in-store and at distribution centers across the country. The company held a “National Signing Day” in late September that sparked the process but hiring efforts will continue through the holiday season until all positions are filled.
Apply: Search for a position on Dick’s Sporting Goods job page.
1-800FLOWERS.COM: 8,000 Seasonal and Year-Round Positions
The gourmet food and gifts company, 1-800FLOWERS.COM, plans on adding 8,000 seasonal and year-round positions to meet demand.
The company says the majority of available roles are in Illinois, Ohio and Oregon in key high-volume areas, including production, gift assembly, distribution and operational support. But remote contact center positions are also available.
According to Indeed, the average salaries for these types of hourly positions range from $12 for a warehouse worker to $13 for customer service to $15 for material handler.
Apply: Find out what positions are available in your area on the career page.
Geodis: 5,000 Seasonal Warehouse Workers
Geodis, a global transport and logistics provider, plans on adding 5,000 workers ahead of the holiday season in the U.S. and Canada.
The company is mainly focused on hiring material handlers and equipment operators to work across its 20 campuses, which currently hold 13,000 total employees.
These positions at Geodis typically pay around $17-$19 per hour, according to Indeed.
Apply: Find out more information about Geodis and apply on Work at Geodis.
Williams Sonoma: 1,000 Seasonal Positions
The retailer kicked off holiday hiring with remote customer service jobs and is still looking for nearly 1,000 in-store seasonal roles.
These roles are mainly customer-service focused and pay around $15 per hour. The company is hiring for temporary roles across all its brands, which include Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, and others.
Apply: Visit Williams Sonoma’s career page to apply.
Other Large Companies
Kohl’s announced holiday hiring plans in September, but didn’t include the number of positions they were looking to bring on. Kohl’s said it would be hiring for seasonal roles across its 1,100 stores, as well as fulfillment centers and distribution centers.
The same applies for Nordstrom, which announced they would be filling positions ranging from supply chain, fashion departments, Nordstrom Rack and customer care. They did not specify how many seasonal positions would be created. The company says 20% of its seasonal employees move into regular roles.
FedEx typically makes an announcement about holiday hiring in the fall. But, as of late October, no such announcement has come. The company currently has nearly 250 seasonal positions listed on its jobs page.
We’ll keep you posted on new announcements from these and other companies throughout the holidays.
Robert Bruce is a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.