Macy's announces hiring event for 76,000 workers
Macy’s, the American department store chain, unveiled its plans to hire more workers as the holiday season is just around the corner. Based on the reports, the company is looking to add around 76,000 workers who will work part-time or full-time at its stores, warehouses, and call centers across the United States.
Reuters reported that this massive hiring plan just indicates the business may be returning to its pre-pandemic state since this is the same level of hiring workers before the COVID-19 hit and crippled many businesses around the world.
It was added that Macy’s move to take in more workers comes amid the major labor crunch that is currently ongoing in the country. More and more companies, big and small, are having a hard time filling in the vacancies in their firms as people today are preferring to work at home or simply stay home for fear of contracting the contagious coronavirus.
The labor shortage even pushed major firms to increase their wage offerings and added more incentives and perks to lure people into applying. The pay hikes and various new attractive benefit offerings are happening right now in the U.S., but it is not clear if this hiring strategy is effective or not since companies continue to announce hiring events.
In fact, Walmart made an announcement for the hiring of 20,000 workers while Amazon is looking for 50,000 new staff. The demand for workers is high since the holiday season has always been the busiest year for shoppers, and Macy’s is usually one of the most crowded places during this time.
In 2020, Macy’s seasonal hiring was low due to the pandemic, and the business was severely hit with low sales. To show that there was a big difference between the pre-pandemic, Macy’s hired around 80,000 additional workers during the 2019 holiday season.
At any rate, according to Market Watch, the department store chain revealed that around 6,800 seasonal workers who were hired last year stayed on with the company. Meanwhile, this year’s hiring will take place on Sept. 23 during the national hiring day and will be carried out in select locations, including Sacramento, California, Goodyear, Arizona, and Cheshire, Connecticut.