Starbucks announce On Wednesday, it will raise the minimum wage in the United States to $15 an hour by the summer of 2022.
Starbucks said hourly wages will start at $15 and could reach $23 for a barista by next summer depending on tenure and market. CNBC pointed The average hourly wage for employees is currently $14 an hour.
The cafe chain also said that starting in late January, employees who have been with the company for at least two years can see an increase of up to five percent, while those who have been there for at least five years could see an increase. to 10 percent.
In an effort to attract more workers, Starbucks also announced that it has hired “recruitment specialists” across the United States and is extending a $200 referral bonus to new employees.
The news comes as Starbucks employees in several stores in the Buffalo area, New York, are seeking unions. employees Tell The New York Times reported in August that issues including staff shortages and absenteeism only increased during the pandemic.
“We respect our partners’ right to regulate, but believe they will not find it necessary given our pro-partner environment,” the cafe chain said in a statement at the time, according to The Times.
Starbucks said the unions’ efforts were not the reason for their announcement on Wednesday, according to To The Associated Press.
Many industries are facing labor shortages as stores and services try to catch up with growing consumer demand with high vaccination rates and low numbers of COVID-19 cases.
CNBC reported that other restaurant chains, including Chipotle and Domino’s, are also struggling to find enough staff to meet the growing demand.
The number of jobs added in September fell well below expectations, according to Department of Labor data. About 194,000 jobs were added last month, compared to the 500,000 jobs economists had expected.