This week, Target announced that it’s aiming to hire more than 130,000 seasonal workers to help “deliver an exceptional holiday experience” during what is the busiest shopping season of the year.
The chain will hire about 125,000 for in-store positions and fill about 8,000 distribution and fulfillment center positions. Target will pay its workers a minimum starting wage of $13 per hour. The stores still plan to implement a $15 minimum hourly by the end of 2020.
In addition to a competitive pay rate, Target seasonal employees will also get a 10 percent discount on their purchases. The stores will also invest $2 million in its holiday team member appreciation program. Under this program, two hourly workers from each store and distribution center will receive a $250 gift card and a chance to win a donation to local charities they are passionate about.
Target is hosting seasonal hiring events Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, and Nov. 2 to Nov. 3 to fill these positions nationwide. Last year, the company hired about 120,000 seasonal employees. More than 40 percent of those workers continued to work for the retailer after the holiday. Visit Target careers for more information.
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