With the holidays just around the corner, retail giants are bracing for the surge in demand. They are also looking to hire additional employees for the busy holiday season. One such company is Walmart which is hiring around 150,000 employees for its stores across the United States. Most of the employees hired by the company would be permanent and full-time, the company said in a blog. Some positions may be filled by part-time workers. The company would also offer extra hours to employees working at various stores during the holiday season.
The announcement comes days after rival Target announced its decision to provide more work hours to its retail employees. These offers are being announced by retailers amid the shortage of manpower in the country. Apart from pay raises, retailers are offering other incentives as well. This is being done to retain the existing workforce and lure more workers. Companies are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that they would have sufficient workers during the holiday shopping season. These retailers usually witness huge footfall during this period, which starts just a day after Thanksgiving and continues into early January.
The retail giant has increased wages three times this year. After this, the average hourly wage being paid to its employees in the United States is around USD 16.40. There are some other benefits that the company is offering. Walmart has recently announced to cover college tuition fees of its employees, just like its rivals. Walmart is also looking to hire 20,000 additional permanent employees for its supply chain facilities. These hiring has been announced as more and more people are adopting curbside pickup and delivery ever since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Almost all the retail companies are facing a shortage of employees and hiring new workers ahead of the festive season is a big task for them. Earlier, Target had announced that it would hire fulfillment experts to improve the support of in-store pickup. These employees will also better the service where store workers bring customer orders to their cars.