Macy’s Inc. is recruiting staff for the upcoming busy shopping season, adding 76,000 positions in stores, warehouses, call centers and more.
The retailer – which operates the Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury banners – on Tuesday announced hiring plans for the vacations that were approaching pre-pandemic levels, a sign of the industry’s ongoing, albeit uneven, recovery. . Permanent positions account for more than a third of new job openings, and in its announcement, Macy’s touted its history of keeping seasonal workers on its payroll long after Christmas decorations were moved to the section of clearance. Last year, he said, more than 6,100 vacation recruits took on permanent positions with the company after the season.
The focus on stable job opportunities and growth opportunities may be linked to the challenges retailers like Macy’s face this year in finding enough workers to hire.
At the end of July, there were nearly 11 million job openings in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is an all-time high, breaking the previous month’s record of 750,000 additional jobs.
However, many of those openings are not filled by qualified candidates: the economy created disappointing 235,000 jobs in August, while the retail sector lost 29,000 jobs. While pandemic unemployment benefits have now ended for most Americans, many retail workers are not eager to return to jobs where low wages, unreliable hours and stressful conditions are long been the norm. Today, associates remain on the front lines of customer disputes over masks and vaccines, and many workers still fear the virus and may not have reliable or affordable child care.
Many large retailers offer incentives and higher starting salaries to attract applicants: At Kohl’s, hourly employees in stores, distribution centers, and e-commerce distribution centers who work during the holidays will be eligible for a bonus. between $ 100 and $ 400. Amazon, meanwhile, increased its average starting salary to more than $ 18 an hour to meet its goal of hiring 125,000 processing and transportation workers, with some warehouses offering a login bonus of $ 3,000.
Macy’s will host a recruiting event in more than 500 stores nationwide on Thursday, September 23, although the company encourages applicants to apply online and says many applicants will receive an offer on the same day.