Target ups holiday hiring
Target Corp. is looking to attract holiday hires with a wage that is nearly double the federal mandate.
The discounter said that it plans to hire more than 130,000 seasonal workers across its stores and supply chain. Last year, Target hired 120,000 seasonal workers at its stores and 7,500 workers at its distribution and fulfillment centers. More than 40% of those seasonal hires remained with the retailer following the holiday season.
About 125,000 of this year’s hires will be in Target stores. Some 8,000 jobs will be in the chain’s distribution and fulfillment centers across the country, which is about twice as many as last year. Seasonal hires will earn $13 per hour, which is Target’s starting minimum wage as of June 2019. (The retailer is on track to pay $15 per hour by the end of 2020.)
The retailer said its seasonal workers, similar to all hourly associates, will receive benefits such as a 10% discount at Target stores and online and an additional 20% wellness discount off fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, Good & Gather Organic (the chain’s new private label grocery brand), the C9 and Up & Up private lines and tobacco cessation products. Hourly associates, temporary and permanent, will also have the opportunity to earn holiday pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Target will host hiring two events at its stores, with one on October 11 through October 13 and the other scheduled for November 2 through November 3.
“Getting an early start with those preparations made a big difference for us last year, and it’s a great way to get the entire Target team pumped up for the most fun and exciting time of the year,” said Melissa Kremer, chief human resources officer, Target.
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