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Raising Cane’s is increasing his hourly wage to an average of $ 14, a 15% increase for most employees, the chain said Thursday.
The Dallas-based fast casual said it is making a $ 100 million investment in the wages of hourly workers and shift managers, which will impact more than 90% of the company’s hourly workers.
The 560-unit chicken finger chain said the majority of the increases took effect in recent weeks, with the final round starting on November 10.
Earlier this month, Raising Cane made headlines when it announced that half of its workforce was being sent to restaurants across the country with the goal of hiring and on-board 10,000 new workers by the end of the year. end of next month. Company employees help with interviews, job fairs and processing employment documents.
On Thursday, the chain hired 6,000 new workers to achieve this goal, according to a spokesperson for the company. Prior to the hiring campaign, Raising Cane’s had approximately 40,000 system-wide employees.
A fully staffed workforce is needed as Raising Cane’s plans to open more than 100 new restaurants in 10 new markets next year, the company said.
Staff shortages have forced the chain to cut opening hours at about a quarter of its restaurants, turn off mobile chains or shut down dining rooms, Raising Cane co-CEO and COO AJ Kumaran said more early this month.
Raising Cane’s has also paid around $ 17 million in bonuses to employees so far this year, with the average worker receiving $ 200.
The fast-growing chain joins a number of restaurants pledged to raise wages in a historically tight labor market.
On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that it will increase the wages of American employees to $ 17 an hour on average next summer. Baristas will be paid between $ 15 and $ 23 per hour.