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Mcdonald's To Raise Wages For 90,000 Us Employees

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32155616

Fast-food giant McDonald's says it will raise the pay of more than 90,000 US employees to at least $1 above the legal minimum wage.

The US minimum wage is currently $7.25 (£4.90) an hour, but individual states can set their own rates.

The move will only benefit staff at company-owned outlets - only about 10% of McDonald's restaurants in the US.

In a statement, the firm said employees covered by the new policy will be paid more than $10 per hour by 2016.

What does it currently pay as this could be a bit of a non-story if it already pays 90c above the minimum wage. The BBC article has no info on this.

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The increase, which McDonald’s said will apply to some 90,000 workers at all levels of experience and rank, will lift the average hourly rate for its U.S. restaurant employees to $9.90 on July 1 and more than $10 by the end of 2016, from $9.01 currently.

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If they're like the UK Macs then there's plenty of scope for increasing wages a bit by lowering employment numbers of employees that often seem to just mill around trying to look busy rather than serve customers while queues get ever longer.

It's not just the Macs of course - plenty of burger style/Starbucks outlets etc seem to operate a similar business model possibly the seeming over-employment being one of the reasons why they manage to dodge taxes.

Edited by billybong

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