NEW JOBS OPENING AT AMAZON
But companies will have to offer special incentives to fill seasonal job openings this year: The economy is strong and unemploym
ent is at its lowest in decades. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced there were more job openings than there were people looking for work. In September, unemployment dropped to 3.7% — the lowest rate since 1969.
With new perks like discounts and gift cards, competitive salaries, and – in Amazon’s case – higher pay, companies are waging war to attract seasonal employees amid a competitive job market. Retailers are expected to hire nearly 590,000 seasonal employees this year, according to estimates from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a career transitioning firm, as shoppers come out in droves.
Take, for example, Amazon. The retail giant announced a minimum wage bump to $15 per hour starting Nov. 1 — just in time for its seasonal employees to arrive. Target is now adding more incentives — like a shot at a $500 gift card —and J.C. Penney will give eight lucky employees an all-expenses-paid trip worth $5,000. Walmart, however, will forgo a seasonal hiring spree again this year, opting instead to offer its current employees more hours.
Here’s everything you need to know about which companies are hiring, how much they’re paying, and what kinds of perks they’re offering.
- Number of openings: More than 100,000
- Hourly pay: $15 or more (starting Nov. 1)
- Where to apply: Online
Fresh off its announcement of raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour, Amazon is hiring more than 100,000 seasonal workers at locations around the country. The seasonal openings include warehouse jobs, delivery jobs, and more.