McDonald’s has raised the hourly wage for more than 36,500 workers in the U.S. by demonstrating pressure on restaurants and other businesses to increase wages and other incentives while struggling to keep up.
Fast burger food said Thursday that it will increase pay by an average of 10% of employees at about 650 restaurants owned by the company, encouraging owners and users of its franchises, who own 95% more than McDonald’s 13,000 sites. in the US, to also encourage pay.
The aim is to recruit 10,000 new people over the next three months when dining rooms will be reopened by coronaviruses.
The rise in wages comes as U.S. businesses hit a unemployment, even though millions of workers are still unemployed in the wake of the epidemic.
The U.S. had a chance to find 8.1m jobs by the end of March, while economic activity continued to reduce coronavirus cases and increased vaccination. But fellow employers added 266,000 new jobs in April, a slight drop last month, sparking controversy in Washington over the issue causing unemployment.
Struggling to attract new employees has prompted some companies to offer additional funding and other services. The average hourly wage increase is up 0.7% in April compared to the previous month, a sign that the labor force is pushing for wages, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some large companies such as Amazon, Walmart and Costco have unveiled plans to increase wages, after facing unemployment and pressure from prosecutors and legislators to raise workers’ salaries.
Amazon said Thursday it is recruiting 75,000 people to fulfill and carry out their work in the US and Canada. The site offers a starting price of $ 17 per hour and a signature bonus of $ 1,000.
Burrito Chipotle, who hopes to recruit 20,000 U.S. workers, announced earlier this week that it was increasing wages to bring in an hourly wage to $ 15 by the end of June. Darden, the parent company of Olive Garden and the LongHorn Steakhouse, said in March that it would raise $ 10 per hour, plus technology, and bring its revenue up to an hour by January 2023.
McDonald’s will increase its salaries at restaurants owned by the company in the next few months. Fees for dining groups will increase to $ 11 to $ 17 per hour, and the shift from shift managers will be between $ 15 and $ 20 per hour.
“Together with our investment partners, we are facing challenges in the workforce, and continuing to work means we must always be committed to providing one of the best in the business,” Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald’s USA, wrote in a letter to employees.