Walmart Plans to Hire 150,000 Associates in Preparation for Holiday Season

by Julia Sanders

Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart, has released plans to hire approximately 150,000 new store associates, with most of the job positions being permanent and full-time. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer wants to hire new employees ahead of the holiday season to ensure its stores are highly staffed for the predicted busy months.

This July, the discount retailer announced its education program called Live Better U, in which it will invest approximately $1 billion over the next five years to pay for college tuition and books for its employees. Walmart also offers an average hourly wage of $16.40, with some jobs paying as much as $34 an hour. Other benefits include on-the-job and classroom training, affordable health insurance, a 10 percent discount on general merchandise and food for associates, as well as paid time off, no-cost counseling, 401(k) and parental leave.

This news follows an announcement by the retailer at the beginning of September regarding plans to hire 20,000 new supply-chain employees in order to keep up with the company’s recent revenue growth. Walmart saw an increase of 2.4 percent year-over-year in revenue in its fiscal second quarter of 2021, which ended on July 31. The company planned to hire employees in more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution and fulfillment centers.

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