(WOIO) –

Toys”R”Us announced plans to hire more than 40,000 employees to staff its U.S. stores and distribution centers this holiday season, as the company anticipates another busy Christmas across all of its shopping channels.

This number is in line with previous years, when the company hired between 35,000 and 45,000 seasonal workers. Throughout the coming months, the company will continue to assess its staffing needs and add more employees, as necessary.

Each year, there are opportunities for high performing seasonal employees to take on extended roles, and in the past, many have obtained full-time positions at the company. In fact, 10 percent of the 2010 holiday workforce is currently employed at Toys”R”Us. Substantial long-term growth opportunities exist for hardworking seasonal employees at Toys”R”Us.

“At Toys”R”Us, one of the ways we differentiate ourselves is by employing a toy-trained workforce who can provide gift-givers sound toy-buying recommendations, and our seasonal staff is an important extension of our team,” said Dan Caspersen, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “We are proud to create tens of thousands of jobs across the country this Christmas, while providing the potential for hardworking individuals to find a permanent position with us.”

Hiring for positions at Toys”R”Us begins this week and continues through November. The majority of employees will be hired to staff Toys”R”Us stores across the country, where they will become knowledgeable, toy-trained associates, assisting gift-givers in delivering Christmas magic. Traffic in Toys”R”Us stores peaks in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and the company’s expanded holiday workforce plays an integral part in providing an enjoyable in-store experience for shoppers during this time.

As it does each year, Toys”R”Us will provide existing employees the opportunity to take on additional hours throughout the holiday season at their current site or at an alternate Toys”R”Us location. During the non-holiday period, Toys”R”Us employs approximately 45,000 associates in the U.S.

Offering flexible work schedules during the week, weeknights and weekends, seasonal opportunities at Toys”R”Us stores are available for a wide variety of positions – from management roles and sales associates, to back-of-house stock employees. For a complete list of available positions and descriptions, those interested in applying can visit the Toys”R”Us, Inc. dedicated Careers website,

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News