We Counted More Than 500,000 Openings: Here’s Who’s Hiring for the Holidays

A UPS driver prepares to deliver packages in Baltimore, Md. UPS will hire 100,000 seasonal workers for seasonal delivery driver positions, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) drivers and package handlers. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo
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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 517,000.

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: 250,000 Full-Time, Part-Time and Seasonal Jobs

With nearly 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 2023.

The company is making waves by hiring 250,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal roles through the end of the year while investing $1.3 billion in pay increases for customer fulfillment and transportation employees. The company says the average pay for those roles is now $20.50 per hour – up 50% over the last five years – with some locations offering $28 per hour.

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 seasonal roles include front of store attendant, fulfillment expert, general merchandising expert, food and beverage expert, and style consultants. They are also hiring for roles in warehouse operations. Starting wages range between $15 to $24 per hour.

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 – mainly for  seasonal delivery drivers, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) drivers and package handlers

The best part? Nearly 80% of these positions don’t even require an interview. You can fill out an online application, which takes 20 minutes or less, according to the company. Nearly 50,000 seasonal employees have earned permanent positions over the past two years, the company also says.  Seasonal driver positions start at $23 per hour – and thanks to a renegotiated contract, longer-tenured full-time drivers can make up to $170,000.

Apply: Visit the UPS jobs site.

Macy’s: 38,000 Full-Time and Part-Time Seasonal Positions

Macy’s Inc. announced in late September that it would be hiring 38,000 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.

United States Postal Service: 10,000 Seasonal Workers

As part of its “Delivering for America” initiative, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is hiring 10,000 seasonal workers this year.

The postal agency says the initiative – designed to stabilize its workforce – has converted more than 150,000 pre-career workers into career positions since October 2020. Because of that stability, the USPS says they only need 10,000 workers this year – down from 28,000 in 2022.

The average salary at USPS varies from $18 per hour for mail handlers to $21 per hour for mail carriers , according to Indeed.

Apply: You can put in an application at USPS.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: 8,600 Seasonal Associates

The sporting goods corporate chain will be hiring 8,600seasonal associates in preparation for the holiday season. Their hiring efforts also include positions at Public Lands, Dick’s House of Sports and Going, Going, Gone! stores across the country.

Dick’s says it is seeking applicants who are passionate about customer service.  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 across it’s family of brands to meet demand. In addition to 1-800Flowers.com, these brands include Harry & David, PersonalizationMall.com, and The Popcorn Factory.

The company says the majority of available roles are in Illinois, Ohio and Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia  including production and gift assembly, as well as contact center, distribution, and fulfillment center operations, among others.  Remote contact center positions are also available.

According to Indeed, the average salaries for these types of hourly positions range from $13 for a warehouse worker to $16 for order processor to $17 for material handler.

Apply: Find out what positions are available in your area on the career page.

Geodis: 3,000 Seasonal Warehouse Workers

Geodis, a global transport and logistics provider, plans on adding 3,000 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 13 of its campuses, which currently hold 17,000 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.

The outside of a Kohls store is shown with two palm trees near it.
Kohl’s is hiring “thousands” of seasonal workers ahead of the 2023 holidays. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Other Large Companies

Kohl’s announced holiday hiring plans in September, but only said they would be hiring “thousands” of workers this holiday season. 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 mid-October, no such announcement has come. The company currently has around 130 seasonal positions listed on its jobs page.

We’ll keep you posted on new announcements from these and other companies throughout the holidays.

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Robert Bruce is a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.