Walmart announced its plans to to hire more than 150,000 employees in the United States, in addition to providing a special cash bonus for hourly employees.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic clearing out the shelves of grocery stores, Walmart announces that it plans to hire more than 4,300 employees in Virginia out of 150,000 new hire employees in the United States.
Walmart says employees are needed to work in the stores, clubs, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers. The jobs will start off as temporary, but may become permanent.
Walmart is also implementing a new process to dramatically expedite hiring for key roles, such as cashiers and stockers. What is usually a two-week application cycle will be reduced to a 24-hour process, Walmart reports.
“We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work, and at the same time we’re currently seeing strong demand in our stores,” said Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. “We’re looking for people who see Walmart as a chance to earn some extra money and perform a vital service to their community.”
In addition to the added jobs, Walmart also announced it will also provide more than $365 million in cash bonuses to hourly employees. Every hourly associate employed by the company as of March 1 will qualify, and it will pay out on April 2.
The bonus will be $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly associates and will add up to more than $365 million.
The company is set to give the next scheduled quarterly bonus for store, club and supply chain associates a month early.