A prominent Philadelphia restaurant group is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour to help with recruiting and employee retention as the company looks to expand, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.
HipCityVeg employees currently receive an average pay of $12 per hour, while tipped employees at Charlie was a sinner. and Bar Bombón receive either $5 or $7.25 per hour plus tips, the restaurant group’s founder Nicole Marquis told the Philadelphia Business Journal. The companywide $15 minimum wage will begin in July, she said.
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The move comes as many hospitality industry businesses are struggling to find employees to help restart or scale up operations amid the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The biggest challenge for Marquis & Co. now is “hiring more workers,” Marquis said.
PBJ.com takes a deeper dive into how Pennsylvania $7.25 minimum wage compares to other states and cities around the country.