To manage holiday demand and scale up operations, Walmart announced that it is hiring 150,000 new workers.
What was already one of the worst labor crunches in recent memory is about to get even more challenging with the approach of the holiday season. As consumers pick up the pace of in-person shopping compared to last year’s holidays in the midst of a COVID-19 wave, retailers are posting “help wanted” signs.
Among them is top retailer Walmart, Inc. The company announced on Sept. 29 that it is planning to hire about 150,000 new store associates in the United States. Some of those positions will be seasonal as the holiday rush begins, but most will be permanent, full-time roles.
“We’re always looking to add great talent to our incredible team of dedicated associates – the everyday heroes who have been a constant force for good in their communities amidst the uncertainty of the past year. Before we know it, millions of customers will count on our team to help find those great gifts and holiday meals, and we’ll be ready,” said Julie Murphy, the retailer’s chief people officer.
In addition to recruiting new associates, Walmart is encouraging current employees to pick up more hours during the holidays. As part of its hiring and retention efforts, the company has implemented major wage hikes in the past year and offered other incentives, including a college tuition and book perk and the addition of more full-time jobs. The average hourly wage for Walmart workers is now around $16.40, with opportunities up to $34 an hour.