Toys R Us announced it will hire 40,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, fewer than the 45,000 the company hired last year. A company spokeswoman says an increase in the number of hours seasonal hires can work was the main reason for the change. Seasonal staff will work an average of 18 to 20 hours per week. During peak season, workers will be given 30 hours, depending on availability. There will also be additional hours available for existing workers. Last year, seasonal workers were given an average of seven hours per week and up to 20 hours during peak season. Interviews for this year's open positions will begin this month with new hires starting in October. Staffing will continue through December and will cover everything from sales staff to omnichannel fulfillment employees. Hiring at distribution centers will continue through November. Seasonal workers may be asked to stay on permanent basis. Last year, the company says it retained 20% of its holiday workers.
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