Wal-Mart to raise wages for 100,000 US workers in some departments
Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would raise wages for more than 100,000 of its U.S. workers in some departments from July.
The world’s largest retailer will increase the wages of managers of service-oriented departments such as electronics and auto care to $13-$24.70 per hour from $10.30-$20.09 currently.
Hourly wage of managers of departments such as clothing and consumer products will rise to $10.90-$20.71 from $9.90-$19.31.
At specialized areas such as the deli sections, workers will earn $9.90-$18.81 per hour compared with $9.20-$18.53 currently.
Associated Press first reported the news on Tuesday.
Wal-Mart will also start paying store associates 10 percent more per hour when they are promoted, starting with their Aug. 13 paycheck, Wal-Mart spokesman Kory Lundberg told Reuters.
This means the minimum increase in hourly wages of an associate who has been promoted will rise to 90 cents from about 50 cents currently.
The company, which has 4,540 Walmart stores and about 650 Sam’s Club stores in the United States, has a total of 1.3 million employees in the country, according to its website.
Wal-Mart said in February that it would raise entry-level wages for 500,000 U.S. employees in 2016. The wage increases and enhanced staff training will cost $1 billion, the company said then.
Wal-Mart said in April that it would eliminate the position of zone manager at its U.S. stores and add 8,000 new department heads as part of an overhaul of its store operations.