Holiday Hiring 2017: Walmart to Give Existing Employees More Hours Instead

Holiday Hiring 2017: Walmart to Give Existing Employees More Hours Instead

Walmart won't be doing large-scale holiday hiring at its stores this year.

Hiring seasonal holiday help is a tradition in retail.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Wednesday it would not hire temporary workers this holiday season for the second straight year but will offer extra hours to its existing employees. Walmart rival Target has already announced plans to bring on 2,500 temporary holiday workers in Colorado and 100,000 nationwide.

Walmart's move comes as a tightening labor market makes it hard to fill open positions. There were a record number of unfilled job openings nationwide in the latest government reading of the labor market.

"This is what working in retail is all about, and we know our associates have the passion to do even more this year".

Wal-Mart, the largest retail employer in the United States, did not disclose its hiring for fulfillment centers but said those centers are now staffed by thousands of more employees than past year to meet increasing demand.

Walmart's "holiday helpers" are part of their regular workforce and aim to enhance customer service by getting customers checked out faster, having more available registers, and adding another level of shopping support for shoppers in lines that may have forgotten items.

For part-time employees, additional hours could increase total pay more than an increase in hourly pay.

Walmart is the largest USA private sector employer, with 1.5 million employees as of January 31.