UPS to hire 100,000 seasonal workers for peak holiday shipping season

UPS plans to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers for its peak holiday shipping season this year, on par with its hiring last year.

The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant said the seasonal positions include flexible shifts, full-time and part-time positions as package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers.

About 35 percent of seasonal hires end up getting permanent jobs at the company, according to UPS. The company's current CEO David Abney started out as a part-time employee.

The busy holiday shipping season starts in November and continues through January 2020 as people return gifts.

UPS chief operating officer Jim Barber said in a written statement that the company expects another record season, with double the number of daily package deliveries. The company normally delivers an average of 20 million packages a day.

Some seasonal hires will work at temporary facilities for the seasonal shipping rush.

In addition to their pay, seasonal workers who are eligible can also earn up to $1,300 towards college expenses for three months of continuous employment.

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