Target to Hire 100,000 Seasonal Employees For Holidays

Target has announced its seasonal hiring targets for 2023.

The big box retailer said it plans to hire close to 100,000 seasonal employees to help shoppers in stores as well as in fulfillment services and order shipment. People interested in applying can do so beginning Sept. 20. Starting wages range between $15 and $24 per hour.

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These 2023 hiring projections are on par with Target’s hiring goals from 2022 and 2021, where Target outlined a goal to hire 100,000 seasonal employees.

In addition to its seasonal workforce, Target said it now operates an “on demand” team of about 45,000 employees who work flexible hours and can pick up shifts as needed to assist and support the company throughout the season.

“The holiday season is a special time at Target — and our team makes it all possible,” said Target’s SVP of stores HR Emily Hebert in a statement. “Delivering an exceptional shopping experience is at the heart of how Team Target operates and is driven by our culture of caring, growing and winning together. Just as we care for our guests, we care deeply about creating fulfilling career experiences for team members. This season and all year long, we are grateful for our team for all they do to bring Target magic to life.”

Target has also announced a series of deals planned for the holiday season, including a “Deal of the Day” program for Target Circle members starting Oct. 1 and Target Circle Week between Oct. 1 and 7.

Macy’s also revealed its seasonal hiring plans this week. The New York-based retail company said it plans to hire more than 38,000 full- and part-time seasonal positions at its Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury stores, as well as in its distribution centers. That’s down slightly from 41,000 seasonal roles last year. According to the company, its 2023 plans are consistent with prior years.

Early estimates for the holiday season point to a slight increase in consumer spending as inflation continues to ease. Holiday retail sales are likely to increase between 3.5 percent and 4.6 percent in 2023, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast released last week.

Overall, Deloitte’s retail and consumer products practice projects holiday sales will total $1.54 trillion to $1.56 trillion during the November to January timeframe. In 2022, holiday sales grew by 7.6 percent in the same period.

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