While we still have two months until Black Friday, retailers are already planning ahead for the staffing for the holiday season.

Retailers have good reason to plan ahead, especially when making sure they have the help they need for customers. The Wall Street Journal reported that retailers have more job openings than they are able to fill.

Because of a tight labor market, companies in Florida are offering extra perks including profit-sharing and paid time off to attract workers.

Here’s a small list of companies in Florida looking for holiday seasonal workers.

FedEx. CFO Bob Henning says the company is on track to see record numbers this holiday season and, therefore, they will be hiring seasonal help.

United Parcel Service. UPS plans to hire around 100,000 seasonal employees to meet the increase in package volumes they expect around the holidays. UPS notes around 35 percent of employees hired for the holiday season will be able to work full time afterwards, including healthcare and retirement benefits.

The retail industry. While some market analyst over the last few years predicted that brick and mortar retailers would be declining in business, CNBC differs. The financial channel reported over the summer that retailers and malls have been the busiest in 25 years. This year, retails sales are expected to be busier than last year.

Florida retailers are going all out to bring in temporary employees for the holiday shopping season.

Target plans to hire 120,000, 20 percent more than last year and will pay higher than the minimum wage, with plans to pay $12 an hour. The company plans to raise its minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2020.

J.C. Penney started hiring for seasonal help as early as June. As an incentive, the company will add one week of paid time off per year for part-time hourly workers. The company will hold a national hiring day on October 16.

Macy’s announced it will hire 80,000 temporary workers for the holidays. As a company perk, Macy’s plans to hire seasonal workers who will be eligible for bonuses if certain sales targets are met.

Kohl’s will be also offering to hire holiday workers with “competitive wages” and special “associate shop days” for seasonal employees as incentives.


Contact Ed at Ed.Dean@FloridaDaily.com

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