Seasonal hires cashing in on bonuses

Posted in: staffing- Nov 26, 2014 Comments Off

By Joe Arnold

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) – As the holiday shopping season ramps up, so does seasonal hiring from retailers to grocery stores. In the greater Louisville area, Ecommerce jobs are especially booming.

UPS is hiring about 2,900 seasonal workers this year, which is up from 2000 last year. Kelly Services is hiring about 1,500 people for work at Fanatics. Integrity Staffing is hiring about 5,000 for jobs at Amazon’s Jeffersonville warehouse.

Leslie Fulwiler, a Louisville resident, said, “Think about all the people online for the holidays. I do most of my shopping online because it’s cheaper.”

Leslie Fulwiler is one of the more than 15,000–and climbing–seasonal workers in Kentuckiana this year. She plans to quit her job as a convenience store cashier and cash in on seasonal work, just in time for her own Christmas shopping.

It pays up to $13 an hour and has bonuses such as sign on bonuses of $200, attendance bonuses of $100 per week, and now a referral bonus of $200.

With the unemployment rate dropping and the economy rebounding, the companies are competing for reliable workers. York companies offers a $10 pizza just for applying. Kelly Services increased base bay at Fanatics from $9 an hour to $10.50. On top of $10 to start positions, UPS is offering a $150 per week bonus if seasonal workers stay through the end of the year.

While none of the companies can guarantee the seasonal job will lead to something long-term, the applicants said that opportunity is the most attractive bonus.

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