Walmart to hire 150K hourly employees

Walmart | March 23, 2020

Walmart will hire 150,000 associates through the end of May to work in stores, clubs, distribution and fulfillment centers, it said in a March 19 press release. The roles are temporary, but the company said many could become regular positions. The retailer is accelerating its hiring process from a two-week application cycle to 24 hours for key roles like cashiers and stockers, per the release. Walmart also will give $365 million in cash bonuses to hourly workers for their work during "an unprecedented national health crisis." Full-time, hourly employees employed as of March 1 will receive $300 and part-time hourly associates will receive $150. As many retailers temporarily close stores and reduce hours due to COVID-19, the state of the industry's workforce is precarious. Restaurants have already begun to feel the pandemic's impact, with an estimated $225 billion in losses and 5 million to 7 million job losses possible over the next three months due to closures, social distancing and shelter in place orders, according to the National Restaurant Association.

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