Companies hiring seasonal employees during the holidays

The holiday hiring season is here and it may come with a gift for employees this year: the potential for extra hours.

A  low unemployment rate means both potential and existing employees have a competitive edge this year among an array of seasonal job opportunities. Here’s a list of who’s hiring around the U.S.

Macy’s: The retailer plans to hire approximately 80,000 temporary workers for Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide. Benefits of working for the retailer include a 20% merchandise discount.

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Target: The store recently announced it would raise its minimum wage to $11 for new employees—up $1 from last year—and plans to hire 100,000 temporary workers this holiday season — that’s 43% more than last year. About a third of seasonal employees are hired permanently, according to a spokesperson. Target is also offering current employees more hours at their request.

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JCPenney: The retailer is hiring 40,000 seasonal employees this year, around the same number as last year, at locations throughout the U.S. Jobs include in-store positions, such as cashiers, makeup consultants, salon stylists and more, as well as positions in facilities and customer care centers. Pay depends on location, experience and job type. Workers get a 25% discount on merchandise and may be eligible to continue working there after the holiday season is over.

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Toys R Us: The toy company may have just filed for bankruptcy, but that doesn’t mean it isn't hiring. A spokesperson for Toys R Us said the company will hire tens of thousands of seasonal staff, similar to last year, but declined to give a specific number. The company is looking to fill a variety of jobs at distribution centers and in-store jobs, including cashier, stock associates and the newest job of toy demonstrator.
Benefits include a 10% merchandise discount. Last year, more than 15% of the company’s seasonal staff became permanent employees.

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Walmart: The company plans to offer more hours to current workers this holiday season, the same strategy it employed last year. That includes overtime hours to employees who want to work more. But, a spokesperson confirmed that some jobs are available on a store-by-store basis, depending on the needs of the location. Positions include cashiers, stockers and personal shoppers, among other jobs.

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Kohl's: Similar to Walmart, the company said it plans to give current employees priority by allowing them to work more hours this holiday season. But, there are still some temporary positions available at more than 1,100 stores, distribution centers and e-commerce fulfillment centers around the U.S., according to Julia Fennelly, director corporate public relationsWorkers get a 15% discount on merchandise and may be eligible to stay on after the holidays. Last year nearly 14,000 seasonal workers became permanent staff.

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Amazon: The e-commerce giant has yet to announce holiday hiring plans this year, but, a spokesperson confirmed the company is hiring seasonal retail associates at Amazon pop-up retail kiosks in malls throughout the U.S. Other seasonal jobs have recently been added to the company's website, including work-from-home customer service jobs, which are available in a variety of locations throughout the country. The job pays $10 an hour and is full-time only.

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UPS: The package delivery company plans to hire 95,000 people this holiday season, the same as last year. The majority of these roles involve moving packages as drivers, package handlers and driver helpers. Wages depend on the job but range from $10.20-$32 an hour. The company is also offering weekly retention bonuses, which can increase hourly pay by several dollars an hour, or as much as $200 a week, simply by coming to work each day. Last year, 35% of seasonal hires became permanent staff.

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FedEx: The shipping company plans to hire 50,000 more employees this holiday season, a combination of temporary and permanent positions. The company is looking for package handlers, drivers and other support positions. Pay depends on location and job type. The company also plans on offering more hours to existing employees.

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