American Fast Food company McDonald’s is raising the hourly wages for its U.S. company-owned restaurants as the chain looks to hire 10,000 workers for those locations. The broader restaurant industry is facing a labor crunch.
A fewer number of people are returning to the workforce than expected, and eateries are trying to meet consumer demand as it comes roaring back. The hiring announcements that arrive in the spring and summer months have been accompanied this year by news of wage hikes, referral and retention bonuses and other enhanced benefits. Chipotle Mexican Grill said its average wage per hour would be $15 by the end of June.Workers at the American Fast Food’s company-owned locations will see pay raises of an average of 10% over the next several months. Entry-level employees depending on the location will be making $11 to $17 per hour, and shift managers will make $15 to $20 an hour.
However, these increases will not directly impact workers who are employed by restaurants owned by McDonald’s franchisees. The fast-food giant franchises 95% of its U.S. restaurants. Amazon said on Thursday that it will pay new hires $17 an hour, as it seeks to add 75,000 new workers. The online giant also said it is offering a $100 bonus for new hires who have been vaccinated. Sheetz, a mid-Atlantic convenience store chain, said that it is giving its 18,000 employees a $2-an-hour raise and an additional $1 an hour for the summer.