To combat the high pressure that holiday season puts on the workers in retail sector, Target will hire 130,000+ additional seasonal workers as compared to its goal of 120,000 workers in 2018.
Out of the new recruitment, 125,000 jobs will be positioned in stores, with about 8,000 at distribution and fulfillment centres.
The company is willing to pay US $ 13 per hour, which is nearly twice the federal mark of US $ 7.25, and expects to reach the US $ 15 mark by 2020.
Target is going out of its way to give an additional 10 per cent discount on purchases and 20 per cent discount on ‘wellness’ merchandise like fruits and vegetables and workout gear to seasonal workers.
“It’s critical we build the right team across our stores and supply chain to deliver an exceptional holiday experience for our guests during the busiest time of the year,” averred Melissa Kremer, Chief Human Resources Officer, in a statement.
As part of its employee appreciation programme, Target is set to invest US $ 2 million that allows seasonal workers the chance to win a gift card of US $ 250 for which the company will donate another US $ 250 to a charity of the workers’ liking.
Amazon has also announced its plan to hire 30,000 additional employees in job fairs called ‘Amazon Career Day’.