Walmart has announced that it is raising salaries for pharmacists and will pay for their certification. The edition told in more detail WTRF.
Under the plan, new pharmacy employees, for example, will receive a raise of up to $4 on their hourly base wage for four years. CNBC.
They will also get a pay raise every six months for their first two years with the company.
However, starting wages will remain the same and will range from $15 to $22,50, a company spokesman said.
“We believe we are one of the first major retailers to implement such a model, an approach that is commonly used in healthcare systems. This will help employees increase their pay faster as they build their careers and continue to work at Walmart,” company officials said.
Walmart also helps qualifying employees become certified pharmacists through programs that cover the cost of certification. These workers earn an average of $3 an hour more than uncertified employees.
There is currently a shortage of labor across the country caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is forcing retailers to adapt by offering attractive incentives and pay increases.
A survey by the National Association of Pharmacists last year found that more than a third of independent pharmacies were having difficulty filling vacancies, with 88% saying they were short of pharmacists.
Walmart also announced that it will hire about 5000 more pharmacists this year.