United Parcel Services (UPS) has announced that over 100,000 seasonal employees along with job postings for storage, transportation and distribution of healthcare products including Covid-19 vaccines were made in 2020, with additional hires still to come.
According to Global Data, hirings by UPS in the second-half of 2020 accounted for over 60% of the total jobs posted in 2020.
The company recently strengthened its healthcare focused warehouses and distribution networks by expanding and building new facilities in Hungary, the UK and China.
Ajay Thalluri, business fundamentals analyst at GlobalData, said: “UPS is hiring and adding more jobs for healthcare logistics since June 2020. The healthcare logistics’ hiring saw an increase in the second half of 2020 and accounted for over 70% of the total healthcare jobs posted.
“The company will play a key role in handling and distribution of healthcare products, especially COVID-19 vaccines in addition to the other deliveries. UPS already has about 5,500 healthcare logistics professionals and the company is hiring more. UPS Premier service enables the monitoring of products such as COVID-19 vaccines through technology-enabled priority handling, visibility, and distribution.”
He added: “UPS hiring is expected to remain strong at least till the foreseeable future with more vaccine candidates getting approval for usage. The company is ramping up production of dry ice and collaborating with partners such as Stirling Ultracold for supply of portable freezers.
“Holiday demand and the scare of new virus strains are expected to drive demand for contactless deliveries apart from additional logistics positions such as delivery and warehouse associates.”