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Walmart plans to hire 40,000 workers for the holiday season

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  • Some workers will be store associates and customer service workers, while others will be truck drivers.

Walmart announced Wednesday that it will hire 40,000 full-time and seasonal associates as the holiday season approaches.

The company says it’s hiring for a variety of positions, including seasonal store associates, customer service associates and 1,500 truck drivers. Walmart has been building out its private fleet of trucks this year, pushing potential first-year salary up to $110,000 in April.

For in-store positions, current associates will be able to pick up overtime vacation hours, after which Walmart will add its temporary staff as needed. These associate positions saw three salary increases last year that brought the median hourly wage to $16.40. This year, Walmart raised the median wage for pharmacy workers to $20 an hour and pushed the median hourly wage in the US above $17.

The seasonal hiring total is lower than last year, when Walmart added 150,000 associates, mostly permanent and full-time, as well as 20,000 supply chain workers to help ease supply chain bottlenecks.

The company says that more than 50% of its seasonal employees in the US will move to part-time or full-time work in the new year.

Expectations for the crucial buying season are modest, with some estimates forecasting inflation-adjusted sales growth of just 1% to 3%. Walmart and other retailers have spent much of the year dealing with excess inventory and heavy markdowns.

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