Walmart announced Wednesday that it plans to hire more than 50,000 people by the end of April as it expands into new business categories ranging from online grocery to advertising.
Personal shoppers, delivery drivers, and data scientists are among the new jobs, according to the big-box store.
Walmart, which is already the nation’s largest private employer with over 1.6 million employees, intends to expand its advertising business, develop its third-party marketplace, and expand the geographic reach of its direct-to-fridge grocery delivery service.
Adding new personnel, on the other hand, may be a hard border at the moment. It will compete for labour with other businesses and eateries in a competitive market where some employers are increasing compensation and adding bonuses to entice employees. Walmart’s starting wage is $12, less than rivals Target and Amazon’s minimum wage of $15 per hour.
According to Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield, the company’s size enables employees to advance into higher-paying professions. At stores, hourly pay for “team leads,” a supervisory post that handles departments such as bakery, can reach up to $26. Supply chain workers get an hourly wage of $16 to $30 at distribution and fulfilment sites, she said.
Additionally, it has increased employee perks such as the Live Better U programme, which pays employees’ college tuition and textbook costs.
Walmart announced Tuesday that as part of its new business drive, it would hire more than 5,000 engineers, data scientists, and technology professionals and establish offices in Toronto and Atlanta for the global tech team.
Additionally, the company stated that it requires the hiring of over 3,000 delivery drivers in order to scale InHome, its direct-to-fridge grocery delivery service. Walmart plans to expand the service to 30 million households by the end of the year, up from the current 6 million.
The push into a new business is taking place against the backdrop of high retail sales forecasts. The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that retail sales will increase by between 6% and 8% this year, including the effects of inflation-fueled pricing.