Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, announced it will be hiring 50,000 people in its stores, clubs, campuses and supply chain facilities, as well as adding to new tech hubs in Toronto and Atlanta.
The news comes after Walmart greatly expanded its pool of pharmacy employees in 2021 by hiring 5500 pharmacists/pharmacy managers and more than 13,000 pharmacy technicians in 2021. The company also hired 4500 truck drivers in the last year.
The creation of the tech hubs will require the hiring of more than 5000 engineers, data scientists and tech experts, according to the company. The privately owned company currently employs 2.3 million people around the world.
Starting pay at Walmart is $12 per hour, with supply chain workers making between $16 and $30 per hour. Team leads at stores can make $26 per hour.
The news comes as the US faces very tight labor markets with researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research noting “that labor market tightness is likely to contribute significantly to inflationary pressure in the United States for some time to come” in a February 2022 working paper.