Walmart raises wages to $20 an hour and will pay for employee certification

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Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacists' salaries will rise to average hourly rate over $20. This is the second increase. Periodic pay raises are part of a plan whereby Walmart wants to add up to $4 to base pay over four years.

Under the plan, for example, new pharmacy employees will receive a raise of up to $4 on their hourly base wage for four years, CNBC writes.

They will receive a pay raise every six months for first two years with the company.

However, the starting salary will remain the same and will range from $15 to $22.50, a company spokesperson 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,” the company said.

Walmart, among other things, helps eligible employees become certified pharmacists under programs that cover the costs of obtaining a certificate. These workers earn an average of $3 per 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, therefore, they offer attractive incentives, including pay increases.

A survey by the National Pharmacists Association last year found that more than a third of independent pharmacies are having difficulty filling vacancies, while 88% said they lacked pharmacists.

Walmart therefore announced that it would hire about 5,000 more pharmacists this year.