Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, with a total of 1.7 million workers, has announced a new minimum wage for its newly integrated sector of employees. Find out who it affects and what causes it.
The supermarket chain raised the minimum wage for employees in January as the labor market remains tight and its pay lags behind rivals such as Amazon.
At the time, Walmart President and CEO John Furner announced that the increase could be up to $2, depending on the location. The minimum hourly wage increased from US$14 to US$19 per hour.
Retail chain spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said the wage adjustments will create consistency in starting hourly wages at each branch. He added that the goal is to improve Walmart’s staffing and customer service.
WHEN DOES SALARY APPLY FOR NEW WALMART WORKERS?
Walmart’s salary adjustment will apply to its employees in the United States, who will join the retail chain from July 2023, but it was revealed on Thursday, September 7, through The Wall Street Journal.
HOW DO NEW WALMART WORKERS APPLY THE NEW SALARY?
The supermarket chain’s new employees receive less hourly pay than when they joined in April. This wage adjustment applies to new workers, such as cashiers, stocking shelves, and picking and/or packing online orders.
A spokeswoman for the retail chain, Anne Hatfield, clarified that these salary adjustments do not apply to current employees. “A consistent starting salary results in consistent staff and better customer service, while creating new opportunities for associates to gain new skills from in-store experience and lay the foundation for their careers,” wherever they start,” a Walmart spokesperson emphasized.
NEW PAYMENTS NOT APPLICABLE IN CERTAIN AREAS
Walmart has determined that the salary adjustment has exceptions in some areas. These are some:
- Delicatessen departments
- Car care
- Those who need more skills to perform their duties, as reported by Walmart.