McDonald’s Raises US Wages to Placate Employees

Fast food chain McDonald’s is raising the minimum wage of employees in the United States. The chain wants to keep staff happy and attract new employees because of the tight labour market.


The increase only applies to employees in the 650 on-site restaurants. Franchisees of the chain themselves are responsible for the terms of employment.

Minimum wages will increase by about 10 percent. This means that an entry-level of 11 to 17 dollars per hour applies to the lowest employees, depending on the location. Managers receive at least $ 15 to $ 20 an hour.

McDonald’s move follows a similar announcement by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Restaurants in the US, in particular, are struggling with severe staff shortages. Especially now that economies are opening up, more and more and more personnel are needed.

Even before the crisis, there was a high demand for personnel in the food industry. The shortages have only increased due to the crisis—McDonald’s plans to recruit 10,000 new employees in the next three months.

US President Joe Biden would like to see US minimum wages raised to $ 15 an hour. McDonald’s thinks the company’s average hourly wage will be $ 15 an hour by 2024.

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