It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the jobs front, as seasonal hiring is well underway at many companies nationwide.
In a eJobXchange analysis of data using the CEB TalentNeuron tool, hiring for 2017 seasonal jobs is already seeing a 3.8% year-over-year increase from 2016, with 75,255 job ads for seasonal positions in September. That number is only expected to grow, as hiring for holiday jobs typically increases month-over-month in October, with 81,392 lob listings for seasonal employment posted last year.
So which type of seasonal jobs can you expect to find under the Christmas tree? For starters, you’ll want to look beyond the traditional retail associate (although, you can certainly find those jobs, too) and consider jobs in warehouses and transportation as well as remote jobs, as the e-commerce market continues to expand.
“As holiday shopping habits turn virtual, retailers are responding by hiring more warehouse and transport workers,” according to a statement by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. “While retail hiring has fallen over the last couple years, major announcements indicate workers will still be needed for customer-facing positions, as retailers attempt to give consumers an experience they cannot receive online.”
Check our list of jobs below to see which companies are making the biggest hiring pushes this holiday season—and be sure to check back often, as we’ll be updating this list periodically throughout the remainder of the year. As of Sept. 27, here are the companies hiring now:
This season, Target will hire approximately 100,000 team members across their 1,816 stores, and an additional 4,500 workers for their distribution and fulfillment facilities. Oh, and as a holiday bonus, the retailer recently announced plans to bump their minimum hourly wage to $11 in October.
UPS expects to hire about 95,000 seasonal employees to work from November through January 2018. Want to keep working? Many of their seasonal workers get moved into permanent positions with the company.
FedEx is planning to bring on more than 50,000 seasonal workers for the holiday season this year, as reported by USA Today.
The major retailer recently announced plans to hire approximately 80,000 seasonal associates for positions at both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers, and online fulfillment centers.
Radial, which provides e-commerce services for DSW, GameStop, and Shoe Carnival, is hiring for more than 23,000 seasonal employees to work in fulfillment and customer service positions.
Toys ‘R’ Us
The toy store chain is ramping up hiring this season for part-time workers, making the largest hiring pushes in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston, as well as in its supply chain fulfillment center in Groveport, Ohio. This year, the company is hiring for a new position: toy demonstrator—“Perfect for big kids at heart, this new role will include unboxing and playing with toys, and allowing kids and eager gift givers to test them out,” according to a company press release.
JCPenney plans to hire 40,000 workers for the holiday shopping season, as reported by The Dallas Morning News.
Winter and flowers (poinsettias being the exception) don’t go together quite as nicely as say, Santa and cookies, which is why 1-800-FLOWERS is hiring approximately 8,000 associates for positions across its gourmet food brands, including Harry & David, Cheryl’s Cookies, and The Popcorn Factory, as it prepares for the holiday season. Most of the seasonal positions are based in Illinois, Ohio, and Oregon for part-time and full-time jobs in production, gift assembly, retail, distribution, fulfillment, and customer service.
Gap Inc. announced plans to hire seasonal associates for its Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Old Navy stores, as well as call centers and distribution center for the holiday season. And if you need an extra dose of Christmas cheer as you apply to jobs here, as a seasonal associate, you’ll receive 50% off merchandise.
Although Amazon, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, and Best Buy haven’t announced any major hiring plans, all of these companies are hiring for seasonal workers right now.