Home Depot Will Tackle Spring Season With 80,000 New Workers
Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) conduct their big seasonal hiring push during the lucrative holiday season, but Christmas comes a little later for Home Depot (NYSE:HD). The largest U.S. home-improvement retailer sees Spring as its Christmas, and that’s why the company is now gearing up to add 80,000 seasonal workers to its workforce.
According to Bloomberg, Tim Crow, executive vice president of human resources for Home Depot, said in a telephone interview this week that the retailer will take on the same number of part-time workers for its busiest sales season as it did in 2013. Spring is known as the most popular time for home renovations, and thanks to a recovering economy and a bitterly cold winter, Home Depot expects its business to be as strong as ever, with Americans itching to get out into the warm weather and do some home improvement.
To support that expected demand in home improvement tools and services, Crow says that Home Depot plans on adding workers to run cash registers and assist customers in its garden centers and on the sales floor. Though the new job opportunities are available only on a seasonal basis, Home Depot expects to permanently employ thousands of the new hires that perform up to the company’s standards. Home Depot also hired close to 80,000 workers during the Spring of 2012 and 2013, and Bloomberg reports that last year, about half of the seasonal hires were promoted to permanent positions. Crow maintained in his phone interview that, “Spring is our peak hiring season, giving us the opportunity to find some of the best associates who are passionate about customer service.”