ORLANDO — In an ever-tightening job market, Disney World is doubling its hiring bonuses for some summer jobs, even for unskilled or part-time positions — as it seeks to hire for 3,500 positions.
A housekeeper hired this year at Disney World's resorts can get a hiring bonus of $1,250 for a job that pays $10.50 per hour. That's up from last year's $500 hiring bonus. And it's for full-time or part-time hires.
Full-time or part-time lifeguards this year can get a $1000 hiring bonus, double what the entertainment giant offered last year, and that is for full-time or part-time jobs, according to job postings. Seasonal lifeguards get a $500 bonus.
Bus drivers can get a $500 hiring bonus — the same as last year. Culinary chefs can get a $3,000 bonus.
The bonuses are given after training periods and 30 days on the job. The company said they range up to $3,000.
Disney will hold its annual spring hiring events from now through May. On Monday, there's a culinary job fair at ESPN Wide World of Sports where culinary job candidates can meet chefs.
Universal is hiring for 3,000 positions.
Following is Disney's list of future job fairs:
• Housekeeping Hiring Days & Job Fair — Housekeeping Hiring Days are held every Monday through Friday throughout April and May from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Wednesday, May 9, a housekeeping job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - all held at the Walt Disney World Resort Casting Center. Disney Cast Members will be available to answer questions, assist with the application process and conduct interviews on the spot.
• Lifeguard Job Fairs — Wednesday, May 2 at Typhoon Lagoon, candidates who are 16 years or older will interview and complete onsite swim tests for an opportunity to become part of the Disney team.
• Culinary Job Fair — On Monday, April 23, at ESPN Wide World of Sports, qualified candidates can learn about available culinary roles, meet with chefs and interview with recruiters.
• Bus Driver Online Job Fair — Held online through May 31, candidates interested in joining a team that's always on the move can apply for available part-time and full-time roles.