New York, NY, United States (4E) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it plans to hire 55,000 seasonal workers and add 70,000 more as part-time and full-time workers, as it prepares for the holiday season to keep its store shelves stocked amid complaints from customers.
Wal-Mart said it is elevating 35,000 part-time workers to full-time status and more than 35,000 temporary staff to part- time jobs. Over 50,000 seasonal employees were hired in 2012, according to the company.
Wal-Mart tends to hire more temporary workers in preparation for the holiday shopping season. The company is adding more permanent workers to help improve customer service after it was unable to keep shelves stocked and at the same time effectively handle other store-level operations.
As of Jan. 31, Wal-Mart and its subsidiaries have a global workforce of almost 2.2 million, with the U.S. comprising more than 1.3 million employees.
In recent quarters, the company’s financial results failed to meet analysts’ estimates as its core lower-income customers in the U.S. were faced with high gasoline prices and a high jobless rate. Same store sales this year have also been hit by a higher payroll tax, severe weather and delays in income-tax-refund checks.
Wal-Mart same-store sales dropped 0.3 percent in the second quarter, prompting the company to lower its annual profit forecast.
Wal-Mart employees who consistently work at least 34 hours a week are tagged as full time, while those who work less than 34 hours are considered part-time, according to Wal-Mart spokesman Kory Lundberg.