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Target to hire fewer seasonal workers compared to 2020, offer workers more hours

Target to hire fewer seasonal workers compared to 2020, offer workers more hours
Target said it's introducing a mobile app for employees to use to pick up additional hours and switch shifts. File Photo by Mohammad Kheirkhah/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Target Corporation announced Thursday that it plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers and boost the hours of existing employees going into the holiday season.

The new seasonal hires represent about a 25% drop in new positions compared to the same time in 2020 and 2019, when Target brought on about 133,000 new employees each year. Target said many of the seasonal employees will be able to remain with the company after the holidays.

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In addition to the new workers, Target will offer 5 million more hours to existing employees, totaling more than $75 million in additional pay.

The company said it's also introducing a mobile scheduling app for employees to be able to pick up extra hours and switch shifts. The app, the company said, will allow more flexibility and "on demand" shifts for students, retirees and those who chose to work less frequently.

"We have worked to provide our team members with more consistent schedules, which means more consistent paychecks and a more consistent way to manage their life," said Melissa Kremer, chief human resources officer at Target.

"Additionally, we are offering more hours to team members who want them and continuing our important investment in training and development. When we invest in and care for our team we know that guest service improves, turnover goes down and team members can more easily build rewarding careers at Target."

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