Walmart Hiring for Holiday Season

In a rare dose of holiday cheer from the employment sector, on Monday Walmart announced it will hire 55,000 temporary staff for the holiday season. That’s up 10 percent from the year before. But the bigger news may be that Walmart will upgrade 35,000 temporary employees to part-time, and is upgrading 35,000 part-timers to full-time posts. Employees at Walmart, the largest private-sector employer in the U.S., have long been agitating for the creation of more full-time posts, which bring greater access to benefits and more certainty about scheduling.