Good news has come early this year for the unemployed as Wal–Mart Stores Inc announced there will be 55,000 temporary employees hired during this holiday season at all their stores in the United States.
The retail giant is also doubling their seasonal hiring because there were not enough employees to keep shelves stocked with merchandise last year.
“Our associates have always been the key to Walmart’s success, and that’s especially true during the holidays,” said Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. “The Christmas season is a busy time for everyone and we know that millions of customers are counting on Walmart to help with great deals, low prices and one-stop shopping convenience. We are determined to help customers and associates provide their families a memorable and affordable Christmas.”
Walmart also said that more than 35,000 temporary seasonal workers will be transitioned into part–time positions at the end of the season, and another 35,000 from part-time to full-time employment.
In addition, the company will provide all new full-time employees who consistently work 34 or more hours a week will receive benefits after six months of employment. New part-time employees that work an average of 30 hours a week over the course of one year of employment will also be eligible for benefits.
Walmart’s announcement about providing benefits to its employees comes at the right time because starting January 1, 2014, Obama’s Healthcare Reform kicks in and every U.S. resident will be required to have healthcare coverage whether they can afford it or not.
Walmart’s headquarters are located in Bentonville, Arkansas and currently employees 2.2 million associates worldwide and over 245 million customers frequent the store and online.
Interested applicants should visit the Walmart website to fill out an online application for employment.