People walk in front of the Target store in New York on March 2, 2021.
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Target said Tuesday it will pay employees who pick up shifts on peak days of the holiday season an extra $ 2 an hour.
The surcharge goes to branch employees and service center employees who work from 20.11. until 19.12., on Christmas Eve or on the day after Christmas on Saturdays and Sundays. Selected headquarters employees are also qualifying, Target said in the announcement on its website.
Hourly workers in the supply chain can be awarded two-week peak hours between October 10 and December 18, a crucial time for moving goods to shelves and packing boxes. The exact time depends on where the employees work.
Target’s minimum wage is $ 15 an hour. The company is sweetening the deal by offering even higher wages for vacation workers as many retailers struggle to fill jobs and focus on employee retention. Korn Ferry, a talent consultancy, surveyed 176 U.S. retailers in September to find out if companies were having problems hiring, and only 2% responded that it was not a problem.
Target announced last month it would cut its seasonal hiring and instead give its 300,000 or so current store employees more hours. An app was also introduced to allow workers to take on an extra shift if needed if they prefer a more flexible schedule that they can juggle with childcare or college classes.