FedEx plans to hire 3,500 seasonal workers for Champaign hub

FedEx plans to hire 3,500 seasonal workers for Champaign hub

CHAMPAIGN — Citing an increase in online shopping, FedEx plans to hire 3,500 seasonal employees at its Champaign location.

That's a 775 percent increase over last year, when the shipping company said it would be hiring 400 people for the holiday at its Champaign location at 102 Mercury Drive.

Across the company, FedEx plans to hire more than 55,000 seasonal employees, up from about 50,000 last year.

"Hiring in Champaign is currently underway, primarily for frontline employees/package handler positions," spokeswoman Allie Addoms said.

Based on the job listings at groundwarehousejobs.fedex.com, the package handling positions will begin at $13.35 an hour for daytime and twilight shifts, and $14.60 an hour for shifts from midnight to 8 a.m.

The shifts will be from two to four hours long, according to the job listing, which says workers will be loading and unloading packages.

The FedEx Ground facility in Champaign has been growing since it began operations in 1999.

It started with 90 full-time employees, 50 independent contractors and 250 part-time package handlers, and underwent a major expansion in 2011.

In recent years, FedEx has been rapidly climbing the ranks of top employers in the county.

In 2016, it had 407 employees, according to the Champaign County Economic Development Corp., making it the 19th largest employer.

Two years later, it had doubled to 815 employees, and is now the eighth largest employer in the county.

FedEx handles more than 14 million shipments on an average day, and on its busiest day last year, handled 29.5 million packages.

That's up from 11.5 million on its busiest day in 2007, according to a news release from the company.

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