Walmart said it plans to hire 150,000 hourly workers in the United States, as well as give out $550 million in cash bonuses to reward employees working during the coronavirus.
Dan Bartlett, Walmart's Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, said the company is specifically reaching out to workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
"With the demands we are facing, both in our [distribution centers] and fulfillment centers and in stores, here's an opportunity where we can search capacity, provide jobs to people who may be hurting," Bartlett said. "So, we see that as a two-for-one — it helps us meet the demands we are seeing within Walmart, but it also, hopefully, contributes to easing the pain of this broader economic downturn that the coronavirus has caused."
The hiring spree will take place through the end of May.
Walmart also announced that it will pay a total of $550 million in cash bonuses to reward employees for their "hard work and dedication." The company will pay full-time hourly associates $300 and part-time associates $150. The bonuses are available to workers employed as of March 1.
"For our own associates, we felt like there are things we could do to help them in this hour as they are helping customers. They're humans too. They're in the same predicament all Americans are in, so we wanted to do our part for them," Bartlett said.