Starbucks will roll out a new pay structure and employee perks, effective from 1 January, 2024. Its retail staff in the US will enjoy a three per cent raise, with the tenured employees set to earn even higher raises. Currently, Starbucks employees earn an average hourly wage ranging from $15 to $24, and with the benefits included, it is $27 per hour.
The increment is a step in Starbucks’ larger plan to grow its presence to 55,000 stores. From February onwards, these employees will start earning paid vacation time after their initial 90 days on the job. Along with the pay increase and vacation benefit, Starbucks is set to launch its maiden North America Barista Championship to promote healthy competition among its staff and boost their skills.
The company is thinking about broadening its Starbucks College Achievement Plan to include credential and certification programmes. Currently, the plan assists 23,000 employees in obtaining their initial bachelor’s degree.
Furthermore, Starbucks has contributed more than $2 billion in additional earnings to its employees through its annual Bean Stock grants. This programme is a significant component of the company’s employee benefits and compensation strategy.
Thanks to these initiatives, the value of Starbucks’ stock has seen an increase with a 0.6 per cent in premarket trading.
Earlier this year, Starbucks had to face a lawsuit filed by the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) alleging that the company unlawfully turned down the reappointment of 33 workers during the reorganisation of three Seattle chain stores, including the flagship store at Pike Place Market.