Walmart grants approximately 165,000 hourly bonuses by offering new leadership roles and “co-training opportunities.”
The retail giant announced that it is introducing a “team-based operating model” at Supercenters, similar to the one that has succeeded at Sam’s Club last year and in Neighborhood Market this year.
“We are investing in new roles and skills training to give us the flexibility to serve clients anytime, anywhere,” Dakuna Smith, Walmart’s US COO, said in a blog post on Thursday. “In return, colleagues will have more room for career growth and salaries.”
Smith said wage increases will begin in October and replace the annual increase that employees typically have to wait until February or April to receive.
Smith said the new structure “is built on the jobs of the future that require higher skills, and the compensation for those roles reflects this.”
New salaried and hourly roles are coming with higher wages and Walmart will also be raising salaries for some of the existing salaried employees including digital assistant managers, asset protection, and auto care.
“New pay ranges for hourly team leadership roles start from $ 18 to $ 21 an hour and can go up to $ 30 an hour at Supercenters,” Smith said. “With this new, tiered team leadership structure, we are providing space for pay and career growth while investing in areas such as receiving and delivery as customers increasingly turn to these options.”
Smith said Walmart is also investing in some hourly positions including prepackaged foods and bakeries with the minimum increase from $ 11 an hour to $ 15 or higher.
“We reinvest in several ways to provide partners with a higher and more consistent base pay,” Smith said. “Likewise, for these selected hourly roles, this increase will also replace the regular quarterly bonus and become a part of their base pay from now on, providing more predictability and more wages in their hourly wages.”