COVID Comeback: Walmart Restructures, Plans Pay Raises for 165,000 Hourly Workers

Walmart announced restructuring the company’s leadership roles at its Supercenters and raising pay for its salaried and hourly employees, according to a company press release on Thursday.

The megaretailer announced the following new positions: store lead (formerly co-manager), coach (formerly assistant manager) and team lead (formerly department manager), using a  “team-based operating model” similar to one implemented Sam’s Club over the past year. Walmart stated that the move will increase cross-training opportunities for employees.

Across the store, we’re creating small teams of associates who will be cross-trained and given ownership of the work and their area for everything from in-stock to visual standards. This means they’ll gain more skills and be able to support associates who want to take time off or just need extra help during a busy shift. For example, associates who prepare fresh food will be trained to maintain pricing and standards in their area – giving them broader skill sets that allow them to help customers and grow their own careers.

Additionally, Walmart will raise wages for its salaried digital, asset protection and auto care center assistant manager employees. The new wage for the hourly team lead roles start at between $18 and $21 an hour and can go up to $30 an hour in Supercenters. Minimum wages for hourly associates in the deli and bakery areas are going up from $11 an hour to $15 an hour or higher. Pay will also be raised for several hourly auto care center roles with most getting an increase of $1 or more per hour.

In total, about 165,000 hourly staffers will see a raise.

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