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Desperate restaurant chains looking to hire thousands of employees are offering higher wages, signing bonuses, and referral bonuses.
McDonald’s announced that it will increase the pay of existing and new employees in company-owned stores to $ 11-17 per hour for entry-level positions and $ 15-20 per hour for shift supervisors. It wants to hire 10,000 people.
The need for staff is so great that a McDonald’s franchisee in Tampa, Florida offered $ 50 to everyone who comes for an interview. Several Minnesota subway stores are offering a $ 1,000 signing bonus to managers who successfully complete their 90-day training program. The sandwich chain has to employ 40,000 people.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for food and beverage servers in restaurants, including fast food, was $ 11.63 an hour in 2020. But now is the time to get higher wages and other perks as restaurants cannot replenish staff quickly enough as pandemic restrictions come down.
Whataburger: 50,000 jobs
In April Whataburger attempted to entice applicants with a virtual leadership conference with NBA all-star David Robinson and celebrity chef and TV personality Aarón Sánchez.
The company donated more than $ 90 million in rewards to employees last year for holding out through the pandemic and storm.
The burger chain plans to open 37 new locations this year and to strengthen its employees in more than 700 existing branches. Since the shops are open around the clock, a large number of employees are required.
wage: According to Glassdoor, an average of $ 10 per hour for team members and $ 44,000 per year for management.
Perks: Emergency money, increased 401 (k) matching and bonuses.
How do I apply?: Go to the website.
Underground: 40,000 jobs
The sandwich chain fills entry-level management positions in 20,000 branches across the country. Some franchises offer $ 1,000 bonuses to new managers.
wage: Average of $ 10 an hour for crew members and $ 15 an hour for management, according to Glassdoor.
How do I apply?: Go to the subway website.
Chipotle Mexican Grill: 20,000 jobs
The Mexican fast-service chain hopes to hire 20,000 new employees for midsummer and 200 new restaurants.
Crewmembers’ salaries will be raised to $ 11-18 an hour, resulting in an average hourly wage of $ 15. It also offers employee referral bonuses to help with recruiting a new employee. A referral leading to a new crew member is worth $ 200, while a referral for an apprentice or manager receives a bonus of $ 750.
wage: $ 11 to $ 18 for crew members, the company said.
Perks: Salary increases, referral bonuses, 401 (k), educational programs.
How do I apply?: Go to the Chipotle website.
Starbucks: 20,000 jobs
The coffee giant is hiring for various positions across the country. Some stores require multiple employees while others are full. A couple of clicks on a map on the company website will show applicants what positions are available in their region.
wage: The average hourly wage for baristas is $ 12 and the average annual salary for managers is $ 59,000, according to Glassdoor.
Perks: Parental leave, up to $ 10,000 reimbursement for adoption, surrogacy, or fertility procedures, 100% reimbursement of tuition fees for a bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program, 401 (k) matching.
How do I apply?: Go to this website.
Applebee’s: 10,000 jobs
These longtime casual dining staples hosted a National Recruitment Day in mid-May and continue to recruit for a variety of positions in locations across the country.
wage: The average hourly wage for servers is $ 10. for line chefs it’s $ 13; and managers make an average of $ 53,000 a year.
How do I apply?: Go to this link.
McDonald’s: 10,000 jobs
McDonald’s plans to hire 10,000 people in its company-owned stores over the next three months as dining rooms reopen and business picks up again in the summer. The company has just announced that it will increase hourly wages for all existing employees and new hires. It may not prescribe the same thing for franchises, who make up 95% of the business, but it does encourage them to raise their wages as well, the company president said in a letter to employees.
The restaurant also hopes to bring in new employees with paid time off (details not disclosed how much) and financial support for the education. McDonald’s will offer qualified crew members $ 2,500 per year for tuition and $ 3,000 for managers. There is also a program that allows employees to get a high school diploma for free and learn English as a second language for free.
wage: $ 11 to $ 17 for entry-level positions; $ 15 to $ 20 for shift supervisors, the company said.
Perks: Tuition assistance, high school diploma, free ESL program, paid free time.
How do I apply?: Go to the McDonald’s website.
IHOP: 10,000 jobs
IHOP hopes to fill 10,000 jobs under its brand in all 1,600 restaurants, with face-to-face and virtual interviews in an optimized process.
wage: Servers average $ 12 an hour, line chefs average $ 13 an hour, while managers earn an average annual salary of $ 56,000, according to Glassdoor.
How do I apply?: Interested applicants can find out about vacancies here.
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