April 20, 2005

What Percent of Hourly Associates Work Full-Time? (UPDATED)

Wal-Mart used to list as a fact the figure that, at one recent point, 74% of WM hourly associates worked full time. All of a sudden, this number has disappeared from several places on the "Do You Know" section of walmartfacts.com. However, "currently 74 percent of Wal-Mart�s hourly store associates in the United States work full-time" still appears on the careers section. (UPDATE: The page has been modified, and now reads " the majority of Wal-Mart�s hourly store associates in the United States work full-time"; below is a screenshot I took this morning when I initially posted, just in case WM changed its information).


WM Careers with 74 percent.gif

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I have relied on the 74% figure in the past, but I will not anymore. And I do not like the implications of this silent change. Now, a figure like this is bound to change over time, especially as temporary hiring occurs during the shopping season, but instead of 74%, or a range over the past few years, Wal-Mart now writes that "The majority of Wal-Mart's hourly store associates in the U.S. work full-time". That could be a considerable difference, or it could just be bad phrasing, and I'm surprised the anti-WM folks aren't up in arms -- yet.

Posted by Kevin on April, 20 2005 at 06:46 AM