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Peak season hiring


Peak season hiring

Ian Kerr

Peak season is just around the corner - and delivery companies are hiring more temporary workers than ever to handle the massive parcel volumes.

Australia Post: help wanted

Australia Post is recruiting 3,700 additional staff to help cope with what it predicts will be the busiest peak season ever. The 3,700 positions consist of 2,500 casual workers for processing and transport and 1,200 fixed term customer service roles in post offices, customer contact centres and across the delivery network.

Last year Australia Post delivered over 40 million parcels in December alone – an 11.7 per cent increase on the previous year.

“This is a record-breaking recruitment drive for what will be the biggest Christmas in Australia Post’s history.” Christine Holgate, CEO/MD Australia Post

A number of new sites and upgrades are on-track to be operational ahead of Christmas, including the new Brisbane Parcels Facility, which will be the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Some post offices will open for extended trading hours from 25 November.

FedEx peak season hiring up 10%

FedEx plans to hire about 55,000 workers and increase hours for some existing employees for peak season. The company’s seasonal hiring is about 10 per cent more than last year when it added about 50,000 positions.

To give extra capacity, FedEx plans to expand its U.S. ground-shipping operations to six or seven days per week during peak.

UPS to hire 100,000

UPS expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees this year. The positions will be primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers.

“We expect another record Peak season this year, with daily package deliveries nearly doubling compared to our average of 20 million per day.” - Jim Barber, chief operating officer, UPS

Over the last three years, 35 per cent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and nearly a third of its current US workforce started in seasonal positions.

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