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UPS raises starting wage to $14.50 per hour

The parcel service increased its starting wage from $14 an hour to $14.50.
 FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018, file photo a UPS driver prepares to deliver packages in Baltimore. UPS said Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, that it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018, file photo a UPS driver prepares to deliver packages in Baltimore. UPS said Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, that it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (KY3)
Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 9:16 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - UPS announced it will raise its starting pay for package handlers.

The parcel service increased its starting wage from $14 an hour to $14.50.

According to a release, some positions are offering up to a $150 weekly bonus for employees.

Since the start of the pandemic, demand has spiked for package handlers and other entry-level positions, according to a UPS spokesperson.

“Our average daily volume, the number of packages that we handle on a given day, in the last quarter increased 23% compared to the same time in 2019,” UPS Public Relations Specialist Jim Mayer said. “So things are very busy. We need those employees.”

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